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King & Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse, early sketches

We’ve lived in our house for 23 years, mouse-free. The week I started sketching King & Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse, I found a half-eaten box of granola bars in our pantry. I was totally freaked out but also busy sketching lots of little mice. After dropping $$$$ at The Container Store, scrubbing down the pantry, and sealing everything up in air-tight bins, I continued to discover “evidence” of new residents. But then—as mysteriously as they first appeared–they were gone by the time I submitted the final art several months later. Really, this happened. Here are some early sketches (during the occupation). The book releases September 1!

Colour Collective: Warm Grey

I decided to paint an old sketch in honor of National Dog Day. My pup is a warm grey (when he’s clean). Happy Friday!


Illustration Friday: Nose


My Nose was one of my favorite poems when I was little–I never knew the poet, but now thanks to Google I found her–Dorothy Keeley Aldis. You can find more of her poetry for children in her published collections: All Together: A Child’s Treasury of Verse New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, [1952],  Everything and Anything  New York: Minton, Balch & Company, [1927]; and  Favorite Poems of Dorothy Aldis  New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, [1970].


Little Free Library


Three cheers for all the Little Free Libraries I pass everyday when I walk my pup! Sully went to the groomer yesterday, so I was able to grab quick pics on my way home without having to manage my squirrel-crazy dog. The Little Free Library movement (“take and book, leave a book”) was started in 2010 by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin and Rick Brooks of UW-Madison, with the goal of building 2,510 Little Free Libraries—as many as Andrew Carnegie. By January of 2016, the number exceeds 36,000. Their mission: “To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.” Gotta love that!

Oh and here’s the haircut. 🙂



Illustration Friday: Shelter


Illustration Friday: Hat

Had a day of writer’s block but ended up with this little pup. I guess the little cloud is his thinking cap. Thinking-Hat

Illustration Friday: Whimsical

“Whimsical” reminded me of the pink poodle in Go Dog Go with the fancy hat. I started googling Kentucky Derby hats, and got a little carried away. . . .but these pups aren’t waiting for a horse race, they are waiting for the arrival of my great-niece, due any day now!IF-whimsical


Inktober Oct 29


Inktober Oct 26

Same pup from Friday–from a manuscript I’m working on. I need a name for him, so let me know if you have any suggestions!


Inktober Oct 24

A quick little sketch from a new story I’m working on.