Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Kirkus Book Review

Hi all! I wanted to give an update about my latest art adventures. First, as many of you know, I opened my Etsy shop! It's been a long time coming. Many have asked where they can purchase my art and so I decided once my book was finished to create a place where people could do so. My Etsy shop is made up of original children's art and a few pretty watercolor illustrations.  It's nice to create knowing my artwork has the opportunity to bring beauty and joy to someone's home. My creations have a sense of purpose. You can check it out here.

 Also, my book came in the mail! When I found out a few weeks ago it would be shipped to me I was both nervous and excited. What would it look like printed?

Andrew and I went to grab dessert late one night and on our way back we decided to check the mail. And there it was. I started freaking out and felt butterflies in my stomach. Andrew immediately started recording me on his phone. We walked up to our apartment and I slowly opened the box and there it was--my very first illustrated children's book! It was such a surreal feeling flipping through the pages and seeing all the illustrations bound together in a book form.

(looking at my book for the first time)

The book is beautiful. As I've shown it to friends and family I've noticed most of them brushing their hands over the pages because of the three dimensional texture. I enjoy seeing people interact with it. Many of them wish it could be a pop up book (that would be awesome). It won't be published till Sep. 26, 2016 but you can pre order it on Amazon. And if you would like to see a little preview of it check it out on my website

Now for my third bit of exciting news....

"Monday is Wash Day" received a Kirkus starred review! Don't know what a Kirkus starred review is? Don't worry I had to look it up too ;).

Kirkus is an American book review magazine. It's not as well known to the public as it is to librarians, publishers, and bookstores. Each year they receive 8,000-10,000 books to review and only 10% receive a "starred review". That's why it's so exciting! The words used in the review to describe the story and illustrations are beautiful and thoughtful. I feel deeply humbled and grateful. You can read the review here. 

Now my book has a little star 

 hello star:) 

Thanks for reading!