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In This Issue
Spotlight on Cambria Evans
Fall 08 Books
Events and Awards
Spotlight on
Cambria Evans
Q: At what point in your life, or at what age, did you know you wanted to be an illustrator?
A: I've known since I
was in third grade that
I wanted to be an artist.

 
Q: BONE SOUP is a retelling of the classic story STONE SOUP. Where did you get the idea to give the tale a spooky spin?
A: I was in an outdoor market in Cuzco, Peru, when I saw a crazy- looking stew with bones sticking out. I said to my husband, Kari, "Come look at this bone soup!" and thought, "What a great idea for a book." When I got back to New York I checked the Library of Congress to see if anyone had already written it, and to my surprise no one had.
So, I wrote the first draft of the manuscript that
same day.


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

A: Lisbeth Zwerger, her watercolors are amazing.

Q: Where do you find your inspiration?
A: I'm inspired by animals, bits of words and phrases, and mid-century modern design.

Q: Can you tell us how you marry your hand- drawn images and your computer work?

A: Once I've drawn everything in pen, created paper collages, and painted watercolor textures, I scan those
in with my large-format scanner. Then, in Adobe Photoshop, I use a stylus and tablet to digitally paint fields of color and shadows on top of the scanned artwork.


Q: What do you love most, and/or find most challenging, about illustrating books?
A: I love making sequential images, and bringing characters to life.

Q: Where do you work?
A: I have a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. Almost everything is
that one room. So
I work in my bedroom/ living room/laundry room/guest room/studio.


Q: What book project are you working on now?
A: I'm in the development stage for a few stories.

Q: What would be your "dream project"?
A: An encyclopedia, school books, and hidden picture illustrations.

Q: What kinds of things do you like to do when you're not illustrating?
A: Most of the time I'm working as a freelance product/graphic designer. If I do have extra time,
I like learning new languages, scouring thrift stores, baking gluten-free desserts, and making paper crafts.



Bone Soup
written and illustrated
by Cambria Evans
Houghton Mifflin
(September 8, 2008)



Martha Moth
written and illustrated
by Cambria Evans
Houghton Mifflin
(April 24, 2006)
Fall 08 Books

Michelle Berg
Little Monkey

Ages 0-3
Little Simon (September 9, 2008)

ISBN-10: 1416961755
ISBN-13: 978-1416961758
$9.99

link to amazon for more details

Michelle Berg
Little Panda

Ages 0-3
Little Simon (September 9, 2008)

ISBN-10: 1416961739
ISBN-13: 978-1416961734
$9.99
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Delana Bettoli
'Twas the Day Before Christmas

Ages 4-8
Dutton (September 11, 2008)

ISBN-10: 0525478167
ISBN-13: 978-0525478164
$16.99
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Nicoletta Ceccoli
The Joy of Spooking: Fiendish Deeds

Ages 9-12

Margaret K. McElderry (August 5, 2008)


ISBN-10: 1416934162
ISBN-13: 978-1416934165
$15.99
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Nicoletta Ceccoli
Dr. Sigmundus: The Cracked Mirror

Ages: Young Adult
Knopf Books for Young Readers (December 9, 2008)


ISBN-10: 0375843345

ISBN-13: 978-0375843341
$16.99
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Christine Davenier
Nobody Here but Me

Ages 4-8
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 2, 2008)

ISBN-10: 0374355401
ISBN-13: 978-0374355401
$16.95
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Christine Davenier
Piper Reed: The Great Gypsy

Ages 9-12
Henry Holt and Co. (August 19, 2008)

ISBN-10: 0805081984
ISBN-13: 978-0805081985
$14.95
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Cambria Evans
Bone Soup

Ages 4-8

Houghton Mifflin (September 8, 2008)

ISBN-10: 0618809082

ISBN-13: 978-0618809080

$16.00
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Bob Kolar
Big Kicks

Ages 4-8

Candlewick (August 12, 2008)


ISBN-10: 0763633909

ISBN-13: 978-0763633905

$16.99
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Eric Puybaret
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau

Ages
4-8

Chronicle (April 23, 2008)


ISBN-10: 0811860639

ISBN-13: 978-0811860635

$16.99
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Sebastia Serra
A Pirate's Night Before Christmas

Ages 4-8
Sterling (October 7, 2008)


ISBN-10: 1402742576

ISBN-13: 978-1402742576

$14.95
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Anne Wilsdorf
The Best Story

Ages
4-8

Dial (May 29, 2008)


ISBN-10: 0803730551

ISBN-13: 978-0803730557

$16.99
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Anne Wilsdorf
Dogs on the Bed

Ages 4-8
Candlewick (October 14, 2008)

ISBN-10: 0763626082

ISBN-13: 978-0763626082

$15.99
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Events and Awards

Artwork from Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf, illustrated by Elicia Castaldi(Atheneum), was included in the National Education Association's Read Across America 2008-9 calendar.
In addition, Elicia spoke at the Queens Library Literature Meeting on May 20, where she gave a presentation about her work and participated in a panel discussion.

Paintings by Paige Miglio were exhibited as part of "Waterscapes of Milford" at Cafe Atlantique in Milford, CT, for the month of April. One of Paige's paintings from the show also received Honorable Mention in the 9th Annual Marine Show sponsored by the Stamford (CT) Center for the Arts.

Joan Paley had an exhibition of her collages entitled "Complex Conversations: Joan Paley and Alice Means" at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA, June 8-August 17. The exhibit featured illustrations by Joan and quilts created by her longtime friend Alice Means.

Salley Mavor had an exhibit of her illustrations entitled "Rhymes with Stitches" at Historic Highfield Hall in Falmouth, MA, June 30-August 3.

Cambria Evans's work is being exhibited as part of "Unbound:  Original Picture Book Art by Utah Illustrators" at the Springville Museum of Art in Springville, UT, September 13-December 28.

Several Studio artists, Rebecca Bond, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Bob Kolar, Eva Montanari, and Wade Zahares, are showing their work as part of "Children's Book Illustrators" at the McGowan Fine Art gallery in Concord, NH, September 19-October 10.

Renata Gallio's paintings are currently part of several traveling
art shows, including the Blue Book Group Exhibition, which aims
to connect different cultures through picture books. Renata's work is also being exhibited in the Biennial Exhibition of Illustration of Zagabria at the Ivan Mestrovic Museums in Split, Croatia.

Alison Paul will participate in a panel discussion and workshop at the University of Connecticut at Storrs with Rudy Gutierrez, Chris Raschka, and Javaka Steptoe on October 10 and 11.

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau, illustrated by Eric Puybaret(Chronicle), and Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli(Schwartz & Wade), were selected for the Society of Illustrators' Original Art 2008.

Eva Montanari won first prize for Illustration in the contest
"Di Tutti i colori," organized by the Torino International Book Fair. Eva is also creating mixed-media sculptures as scenery for the Sarmede International Illustration Exhibition, which begins
October 18.

On November 5, Wade Zahares will participate in a panel discussion sponsored by the North Shore Council of the Massachusetts Reading Association at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA. On November 8, Wade and fellow illustrator Matt Tavares will conduct a talk, workshop, and book signing at the Portland Museum of Art. Illustrations from Wade's book Lucky Jake (Houghton) will be shown in an exhibition entitled "Wade's World" at Heartwood College of Art in Kennebunk, ME, January 6-February 6 2009. In addition, Wade's artwork will be featured at the Baltimore Opera this season for Gershwin's Opera "Porgy and Bess."