Studio Goodwin Sturges is an artists' agency dedicated to nurturing creative talent and developing quality literature for children. The Studio works with children's book publishers across the country and with more than forty artists and authors around the world. This periodic newsletter celebrates our most recent books, artists' exhibits and events, and awards. Enjoy!
In This Issue
Spotlight on Nicoletta Ceccoli
Spotlight on Eric Puybaret
Spring 08 Books
Fall 07 Books
Judy Sue's News
Events and Awards
Spotlight on
Nicoletta Ceccoli
Q: When, or at what age, did you know you wanted to be an illustrator?
A: I graduated from the Institute of Art in Urbino (Italy) in animation cinema, and I dreamt of being an illustrator since my early years at high school. I still remember some beautifully illustrated books I read
in my childhood. Since
I was very young, I have loved looking at and buying illustrated books.
I have been a professional illustrator for about ten years now. I am a very
shy person, and I think
that drawing is the best
way I would ever find to express myself.

 
Q: Where do you find your inspiration?
A: I'm mad about books of images of all kinds,
so I buy many, and
they are all sources of inspiration for me. I love photography, cinema,
and comics. All of them inspire me in terms of new ideas, colors, and compositions... and enrich my way of drawing and looking at things.

Q: What other artists
do you admire most
and why?

A: There are so many that
I admire. My first love in illustration
has been Stasys Eidrigevicius, a
wonderful Polish artist and illustrator; I adore his melancolic surrealism.
But I can say so many others, from Edward
Gorey for his dark
humor and elegance to Eva Montanari for her incredible, dynamic compositions.
In contemporary art, Mark Ryden is also incredible
for me. He uses a classical oil technique
to give life
to pop surrealists' combinations of sacred
and pop-profane subjects.


Q: What do you love most, and find most challenging, about illustrating books?
A: The best part of my job is that it is always different. Every new project lets you discover something new and unexpected. I try as much as possible to not repeat myself too much.
I try to find different approaches on each project. I like this. A children's book can
be for a child the first chance to meet with art,
so our work can be an important one! A bad thing is that a book requires you to stay lonely for a lot of time while working. I am lucky, as I share my studio with my boyfriend Stefano,

an illustrator, too.

Q: Where do you work?
A: I work at home, in
my studio. It is quite big, but I never have enough room for all of my books
(I buy so many) and experiments and broken toys, dolls,... and I am very very very disordered.

Q: How did you create the
three-dimensional-looking artwork for Oscar and the Mooncats and Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum?

A: It has been an interesting experiment.
I created characters and backgrounds with a kind
of clay, and then I took photos of them with a
digital camera. I finally put them all on the computer and again reworked all by Photoshop, adding textures and drawing on paper.
The chance to work with Photoshop and the computer really gave
a fresh air throughout my work and gave me the chance to renew myself and be surprised by my work.

Q: What projects are you working on now?
A: I am currently working
on character studies and backgrounds for a French 3-D animated film, and on
a new book for Houghton Mifflin about mythological monsters. They are both new challenges for me,
as they are quite far from what I've done before.
But both are very interesting projects.

Q: What would be your "dream project"?
A: Alice in Wonderland!

Spotlight on
Eric Puybaret

Q: What was it like to illustrate Puff the Magic Dragon, such a classic
American song?

A: Puff was my first American book. Like
many people in France,
I of course had heard
about Peter Yarrow. But Puff is not a classic song learned by children and known by the other generations in my country. In talking with the Studio, Sterling, Peter Yarrow,
and looking to all the interpretations, drawings, and products made for this extraordinary character,
I saw that Puff was an important piece of American musical culture. Then, I realized that my contribution should be to, as well as I could, respect Puff like it should be in the American imagination.

Q: Where do you find your inspiration?
A: My inspiration comes from a very large melting pot. I'm very curious and try to keep my eyes open all the time. There was not a specific reference for Puff, but a mix of all I saw on paintings, drawings, cinema, comics, etc. My memory worked hard and my brain was on fire in front of my white linen!

Q: You usually paint
on linen. Why do you prefer this to paper or canvas?

A: It's a technique I
found two years ago
while working on a
French book called Graines de Cabanes.
I put my linen on a stretcher, and in front
of that I can paint with
a freer gesture. I hope it can make me more creative, and it's better for my back.

Q: What do you love most about illustrating?
A: I love creating a dreamlike universe, a second reality. I try to put into my pictures some true parts of my dreams.

Q: Where do you work?
A: I work at home, in my small Parisian apartment. My studio is my living room.

Q: What are you working on now?
A: I recently finished a book called Manfish, about Jacques Costeau. This was fun for me, because I am a diver myself. I'm currently working on sketches for a version of The Nutcracker, which I am enjoying because I really love this story!

Q: What would be your "dream project"?
A: To create a series with an engaging character in a spectacular and fantastic country!

Q: What kinds of things do you like to do when you're not illustrating?
A: I love to take big walks in nature, go to the cinema, and play the flute.

 
Spring 08 Books

Michelle Berg
Twinkle, Twinkle, Panda Bear

Ages
Baby-Preschool

Cartwheel Books (January 1, 2008)


ISBN-10:
0545013771

ISBN-13:
978-0545013772

$12.99
link to amazon

Holly Berry
How Mama Brought the Spring

Ages
5-8

Dutton (January 24, 2008)


ISBN-10:
0525420274

ISBN-13:
978-0525420279

$16.99
link to amazon

 
Nicoletta Ceccoli
The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum

Ages 4-8

Schwartz & Wade (February 12, 2008)


ISBN-10:
0375836063

ISBN-13:
978-0375836060

$16.99
link to amazon

Amiko Hirao
Just What Mama Needs

Ages 4-8

Harcourt (April 1, 2008)

ISBN-10:
0152057595

ISBN-13:
978-0152057596

$16.00
link to amazon
Juli Kangas
A Child's Book of Prayers
(compiled by Juli Kangas)

Ages 3-5

Dial (January 24, 2008)

ISBN-10:
0803730543

ISBN-13:
978-0803730540

$12.99
link to amazon

Stacey Dressen McQueen
The Elephant Quilt: Stitch by Stitch to California!

Ages 4-8
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 1, 2008)

ISBN-10:
0374382239

ISBN-13:
978-0374382230

$16.95
link to amazon
Paige Miglio
What Do We Do with the Baby?

Ages 4-8

HarperCollins (January 29, 2008)


ISBN-10:
0060084197

ISBN-13:
978-0060084196

$16.99
link to amazon

Francois Roca
Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World

Ages
4-8

Schwartz & Wade (January 8, 2008)


ISBN-10:
0375836225

ISBN-13:
978-0375836220

$16.99
link to amazon

Sebastia Serra
The Dog Who Loved the Moon

Ages
4-8

Atheneum (April 8, 2008)


ISBN-10:
1416918361

ISBN-13:
978-1416918363

$15.99
link to amazon

Amy Sklansky
The Duck Who Played the Kazoo
(illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke)

Ages
4-8

Clarion Books (February 18, 2008)


ISBN-10:
0618428542

ISBN-13:
978-0618428540

$16.00
link to amazon
Fall 07 Books

Rebecca Bond
The Great Doughnut Parade

Ages 4-8
Houghton Mifflin (September 1, 2007)

ISBN-10: 0618777059
ISBN-13: 978-0618777051
$17.00
link to amazon

Nicoletta Ceccoli
Oscar and the Mooncats

Ages 4-8

Houghton Mifflin (October 22, 2007)


ISBN-10:
0618563164

ISBN-13:
978-0618563166

$16.00
link to amazon

Nicoletta Ceccoli
The Hollow People (The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus)

Ages Young Adult
Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 25, 2007)

ISBN-10:
0375843329

ISBN-13:
978-0375843327

$16.99
link to amazon



 
Christine Davenier
Piper Reed: Navy Brat

Ages 9-12

Henry Holt
(August 7, 2007)

ISBN-10:
0805081976

ISBN-13:
978-0805081978

$14.95
link to amazon

Eva Montanari
My First....

Ages 4-8

Houghton Mifflin (November 12, 2007)


ISBN-10:
0618646442

ISBN-13:
978-0618646449

$17.00
link to amazon


 
Alison Paul
The Crow: (A Not-So-Scary Story)

Ages 4-8
Houghton Mifflin (September 1, 2007)

ISBN-10: 0618663800
ISBN-13: 978-0618663804
$16.00
link to barnes & noble

Bernadette Pons
My Heart is a Magic House

Ages 4-8
Albert Whitman (March 31, 2007)

ISBN-10:
0807553352

ISBN-13:
978-0807553350

$15.95
link to amazon

April Jones Prince
Jackie Robinson: He Led the Way
(illustrated by
Robert Casilla)

Ages Ages 4-8
Grosset & Dunlap (December 27, 2007)


ISBN-10:
0448447215

ISBN-13:
978-0448447216

$3.99
link to amazon

Eric Puybaret
Puff, the Magic Dragon

Ages 4-8

Sterling (August 1, 2007)


ISBN-10:
1402747829

ISBN-13:
978-1402747823

$16.95
link to amazon

 
Ashley Wolff
The Pen That Pa Built

Ages 4-8

Tricycle Press (October 2007)


ISBN-10:
1582461538

ISBN-13:
978-1582461533

$14.95
link to amazon

Ashley Wolff
The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Pinata for the Pinon Tree

Ages 4-8

Little, Brown (October 1, 2007)


ISBN-10:
0316823236

ISBN-13:
978-0316823234

$16.99
link to amazon

 
Judy Sue's News
Judy Sue had her other knee replaced on December 19 and is recovering well; thank you for your love and support! She and
Mike
traveled to New York February 4-7 to meet with editors
and art directors.

Judy Sue
and Alison went to the New Hampshire Institute of
Art in Manchester, NH, to give a bookmaking lecture and critique senior thesis projects for the illustration department.


At RISD, Judy Sue is involved in the Silk Road Project,
a not-for-profit arts, cultural, and educational organization founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Inspired by the cultural traditions of the historic Silk Road, the Silk Road Project is a catalyst promoting innovation and learning through the arts.


 
Events and Awards

Salley Mavor's
fabric relief illustrations from Wee Willie WinkieJack and Jill, and Hey, Diddle Diddle (all Houghton Mifflin) were exhibited at the University of Connecticut at Storrs,
August 27-October 12.

Anna Vojtech had an exhibit of her paintings and illustrations at the Galerie U Prstenu in Prague, November 2-22.

Author-illustrators Rebecca Bond and Alison Paul gave presentations about their books at the Connecticut Children's Book Fair November 10-11.

Eva Montanari had a personal exhibition of more than 50 of her illustrations at the public library in Scandiano, Italy from November 10-January 31.

Wade Zahares is having an exhibit of his illustrations from Lucky Jake (Houghton) at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA, from February 6 - May 18.

Ashley Wolff visited the Treehouse Children's Museum in Ogden, UT, February 12-16. Ashley spent the week doing school visits and museum workshops for families and teachers. She also painted a mural for the museum's Old McDonald Had A Woodshop exhibit! Rebecca Bond visited Treehouse March 12-15, also doing school visits and museum workshops.

Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff, written by Jennifer L. Holm and illustrated by
Elicia Castaldi,
was selected a 2008 Notable Children's Book
by the American Library Association and one of the 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing by the New York Public Library. The book was also chosen a 2007 National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Award Winner and a Booksense Children's Pick, among several other awards and nominations.

The Birdman, written by Veronika Martenova Charles and illustrated by Stephan Daigle and Annouchka Galouchko, was awarded the 2007 Sigurd F. Olsen Nature Writing Award for Children's Literature, which honors "children's literature that captures the spirit of the human relationship with the natural world, and promotes the values that preserve or restore the land for future generations."

Has Anyone Seen My Emily Greene?, written by Norma Fox Mazer and illustrated by Christine Davenier (Candlewick), and How Do You Make a Baby Smile?, written by Philemon Sturges and illustrated by Bridget Strevens-Marzo (Harper) were among Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2008.