Monday Reads (on Wednesday)

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Last week, the reading train got detoured by my toddler's attachment to photos of his cousin. They trumped most books, but this week we're getting back to more attentive reading. He seems really enamored with Pancakes for Breakfast and will read it solo. I'll have to try more wordless stories with him. And maybe less pancake-themed books. I'm SHOCKED he hasn't asked to eat them (we're a waffle house) but might whip up potato pancakes (or latkes, which appear in Hanukkah Lights!) tonight.

1.Pancakes for Breakfast: Tomi DePaola

2.Hanukkah Lights: David Martin / Melissa Sweet

3.Mostly Monsterly: Tammi Sauer / Scott Magoon - My favorite of the week!

4.If you give a Pig a Pancake: Laura Numeroff / Felicia Bond - I like this MUCH better than Moose-Muffin. Maybe it's because the pig is soooo cute. And her games seem to include the girl better than that ego-filled Moose. That, and I feel the writing is just better.

5.Curious George goes to the Chocolate Factory: Margaret & H.A. Ray.

My Picture Book dummy confessions.

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Long ago I set a goal to get this picture book dummy done. After many detours this year, I devoted a big chunk of time to it. I sketched, scanned, tweaked, resketched, edited, resketched, rewrote, resketched, etc, etc.

I finally pulled together something to share with my generous and talented illustration friends. I was really nervous about sharing it because deep down I knew it just wasn't what I wanted it to be. I had a feeling it wasn't a matter of a tune-up. This guy needed all systems replaced. But at it's heart, I have characters I love, and a vision - even if it's gotten muddy.

I feel like I did achieve my goal in the sense that I finally pulled a whole book out of my head. But will I submit it? Nope. It's been sitting aside for a few weeks. Soon I'll throw it back into the fires. This dummy-making business is not for the faint-hearted!

One awesome thing to come out of it - a postcard to promote myself, finally! It's been over a year since I've mailed a little piece of me out there. I'm crossing my fingers that these two characters are well received. They have SO much more to share with everyone besides pancakes.

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I also managed to refresh my website, blog and customize my twitter page a bit. I might blog more about the process for this work since it's so complex - not just gouache on paper, you guys!