Author: Holman Wang

The Long Journey to Publication

A behind-the-scenes, close-up sneak peek from “Great Job, Mom!” It’s been a while since I’ve blogged—and for good reason! I’ve been working hard to finish my two new picture books, Great Job, Mom! and Great Job, Dad!, which I’m thrilled to say were finished up last week with the delivery of the final art! But I haven’t crossed the finish… Read more →

Cozy Classics in US Weekly!

Wow, we made the supermarket aisle again! A few years back, Cozy Classics was featured in People magazine. This time, it’s US Weekly! It turns out that actress Megan Boone loves our books, and here’s what she has to say about them: I’m loving these very toned-down, Spark-Notes-style books for children called Cozy Classics. Caroline’s reading the baby version of… Read more →

Picture books in progress

  2017 — the year of little blogging! That’s because I’ve been too busy this year working on new picture books, which is a good thing! Aside from juggling a busy legal practice and two kids (and all their activities), I’ve been working on two new picture books coming out with Tundra Books in 2019: Great Job, Mom! and Great… Read more →

Mayne Island writers’ retreat

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of going to Mayne Island to join CWILLBC‘s writers’ retreat, lead by renowned Canadian author Caroline Adderson (who writes for both adults and children). In addition to me, the “retreaters” included the following Canadian kidlit authors (from the left to right in the photo): Vivien Bowers, whose book Wow Canada! has sold over… Read more →

Happy pub date to us!

Today, our version of The Wizard of Oz is being released by Chronicle Books! Also, re-releases of Jane Eye, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Oliver Twist are also out today, with brand new covers! Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how we created this scene, GREEN, from The Wizard of Oz. For the Emerald City, we first bought many cheap… Read more →

Drum roll… New book deal!

We’ve been quiet for a while, but that’s because big things are brewing! As Jack concentrates on his adult fiction (with short stories recently published in The New Quarterly, The Humber Review, and The Malahat Review), Holman has decided to go solo in the kidlit world! He’s thrilled to announce that he just agreed to a two-book picture book deal… Read more →

D-I-Y needle-felted heart

It’s time to get crafty — just in time for Valentine’s Day! If you want a new needle-felting project, or if you’ve never tried needle-felting before, check out our step-by-step guide to making your own felted heart. There’s a bonus idea at the end, too! Click on the images below to enlarge them, or download the high-resolution PDF with the… Read more →

QM Residency (Redux)

Holman had the pleasure of returning to Queen Mary Elementary in Vancouver for another Artist-in-Residence stint in January 2017. This, time Holman worked with students on “value spheres” — multi-layered wool balls that would represent the core values of each student. The process began with rolling wool tightly and then dipping the ball into warm, soapy water. Then the work… Read more →