As a pre-holiday treat for myself and I hope for you, I’m sharing the first bits of art from my picture book PHOEBE AND DIGGER, illustrated by Jeff Newman and pubbing with Candlewick this coming March.
Jeff is a witty genius. His bright, retro-palette and use of white space has tickled me from the very earliest sketches.
And two pages later on, after Phoebe and Digger have wreaked considerable chaos on the playground:
Don’t you adore Phoebe and Mama’s fashion sense?
Working with my Candlewick editor and art department has been a dream. They’ve solicited and respected my input all along the way–and that’s not always how it goes! I thank my lucky stars I’m getting to work with them again on NOT EVEN CODY, due in 2014.
PHOEBE AND DIGGER. Text copyright © 2013 by Tricia Springstubb. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Jeff Newman. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.