20 years and still running... by Brad Sneed

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of, The Pumpkin Runner. I so enjoyed illustrating Marsha Arnold’s tale, and am grateful to the good folks at Dial Books for Young Readers for giving me the opportunity. Also, a hearty THANKS to those of you who’ve added this title to your picture book collection. Without your support, Joshua Summerhayes and Yellow Dog would by now have run out of steam.

Summer's Siren Song by Brad Sneed

My neighborhood is packed with trees --large trees like oaks, maples, sycamores, and lindens.  This time of year, the trees are filled with several varieties of cicadas. The male cicadas sing to attract a mate, and as the days shorten, the insects seem desperate.  The sound reaches jet engine decibels.  It can be... well, annoying.  That said, I associate the cicada song with summer, and when the cacophonous buzzing fades, I can't help but be a little sad.

Cicadas

Old Self-Portraits by Brad Sneed

My parents recently cleaned out their attic and uncovered a stash of my old artwork, including these two self-portraits from my days as a Kansas University student.  I had completely forgotten about them but upon seeing them again after 30 years, memories of those college days rushed back.  I brought them home, though I don't know what I'll do with them --probably put them in my attic.

Self-portrait 1988

Self-portrait 1989