Guess it’s easy to see what we’re excited about this Halloween!
It’s a big day around here. The proofs for Star Wars: Epic Yarns are in! Here’s a picture of Holman in his studio reviewing the proofs. They look fabulous, and the books will be off to first printing soon. Can’t wait to share these books with the world!
Two weeks ago, Holman had the privilege of attending the Chronicle Books Spring 2015 Children’s Tea in San Francisco. At the event, attended by booksellers, librarians, and reviewers, Holman had the opportunity to present our upcoming three-volume board books series, Star Wars: Epic Yarns. Holman explained the philosophy behind abridging adult stories into word primers, and gave a quick behind-the-scenes look at how the books were made. Holman even brought along a few fuzzy friends.
Holman also had the opportunity to meet Chronicle staff who have been instrumental in getting Star Wars: Epic Yarns ready for launch: the editorial team of Ginee Seo and Taylor Norman, as well as book designer Ryan Hayes. We can’t wait to take you to a galaxy far, far away next spring!
From Jack’s Facebook page today:
Today, I received author copies of The Humber Literary Review. Tonight, I’m going to see Ian McEwan. One of those rare good days when the writing life doesn’t just take my blood.
Holman had the great pleasure of attending the Washington / Oregon SCBWI Illustrators Retreat held at the beautiful Dumas Bay Center this past weekend in Federal Way, Washington. Here’s a quick photographic tour:
Here’s the whole gang:
One of the incredible faculty members, Kelly Murphy, sharing her wisdom.
Class in session!
Evidence of why Holman sticks to needle felting!
Another incredible faculty member, Sergio Ruzzier, giving us a short history on Randolph Caldecott.
During one of the ad hoc sessions, Holman spread the gospel of needle felting.
A felt bear made by Kate Berube, clearly a needle-felting natural.
Dumas Bay sunset.
The Dumas Bay Center.
Just a small sampling of some of the illustrations created at the retreat, starting with these amazing gestural pen-and-ink drawings by Abigail Marble.
Absolutely delightful characters by Kate Berube.
Assigned to evoke “romance” with nothing more than an image of shoes, a mat, leaves, and hardwood flooring, Dana Armin whipped up this gem.
The talent of Karen Lewis is apparent, despite the out of focus photo.
Dana Sullivan came up with these awesome characters in a matter of minutes.
It was a great time had by all, and Holman’s looking forward to next year already!
Happy 186th birthday, Leo Tolstoy! Google honours the man today with a beautiful animated doodle by artist Roman Muradov. Here are some screen grabs from the doodle, matched up with the Cozy Classics versions!
And did you know that the BBC is planning an epic 6-part adaptation of War and Peace for 2015! Here’s the latest news on the project.
In case you missed it, here’s the full profile of Cozy Classics from the April / May 2014 issue of American Craft. American Craft is absolutely gorgeous magazine, and a must-read for artists and crafters everywhere. The online version of the article is here.
Cozy Classics is also featured in this American Craft trailer at 1:32, where we’re praised for having that “thingy-ness”!
We’re back from a well-earned vacation after the marathon that was working on the Star Wars Short & Sweet books, and we’re ready to announce our next Cozy Classics title: Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations! As you can see from the picture below, Ms. Havisham and The Criminal have already started to take shape, albeit in alien form for the moment.
Check out Publishers Weekly’s sneak peek at children’s books for spring 2015. Under Chronicle Books, you’ll see mention of Star Wars Short and Sweet: A New Hope (our needle-felted versions of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi will be coming out at the same time). We can’t show you any images yet, but we can assure you there will be a felted tauntaun!
We got a little shout out recently from Metro UK for their kids summer reading list! Go Huck, go!
And in this recent post from Media Darlings, Cozy Classics is called “just about the most beautifully realized set of sight-word books you will ever see, period.” Wow. Now that’s a compliment! Thanks, Media Darlings!