We’re currently buried beneath nine inches of snow at our house, but just a week ago I was raking leaves with some “help” from a friend. We’re both smiling in this illustration, but only one of us is having a good time!
A spring-like pattern for National Bird Day!
Inspiration is all around us. Recently I looked directly overhead and witnessed hundreds of Franklin’s Gulls wheeling beneath an azure autumn sky. The image lodged in my brain and created an itch I had to scratch, resulting in the image, below.
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“Nuttin’ to see here, folks.” The squirrels in my neighborhood spend a good deal of time hiding/finding/moving acorns, but they’ve stepped it up a notch. Happy fall y’all! And happy spring to my Southern Hemisphere friends!
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.
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.