Let’s Celebrate Giraffe’s Giveaway!

April 2013 121

  Did you know that Gerry the Giraffe was one of first stories I wrote after my daughter was born?  I was inspired to write about a giraffe because I do just love them so - from their gorgeous faces and eyes to their gentle demeanor. I had my writer's group help me with the story while I met with a couple illustrators to see about collaborating together on the book.  This was prior to the release of Penelope the Purple Pirate but I was working on both stories at the same time. I met one young woman who had just released her first book and she drew some pictures for me but they just didn't seem like the Gerry I had in my mind.  It wasn't until I saw a giraffe in the Land of Nod children's catalogue that I found what I thought Gerry should look like!  I remember just sitting at my kitchen table and said out loud "that is Gerry!".  I ended up contacting the artist, Jennifer … [Read more...]

Book of the Week: The Hippo, the Rhino, the Elephant and Me

The Hippo, the Rhino, the Elephant and Me

Ink Robin is one of my favorite eBook publishers around!  Their stories are so rich with great characters, wonderful illustrations and quite funny.  They have recently launched The Hippo, the Rhino, the Elephant and Me which is an interactive story set in rhyme about a little girl.  She has three rather large friends (a hippo, a rhino and an elephant) and the story takes us along for a journey in the day in the life of these four friends over the course of a week.   It's illustrated by a British artist (Lisa Hunt) and narrated by Julie Hill who also narrated their first app, Will & Kate. I love the little girl with her two missing front teeth and pigtails.  Julie Hill does a great job with the narration and the illustrations by Lisa Hunt are fantastic.  My six year old and I had a great time time uncovering her friends while they played hide and seek in her house.  The … [Read more...]