A Picture Book

More than a year ago, I sold the text to my picture book, PHOEBE AND DIGGER.  It’s about a  determined and, okay, teensy-weensy-bit aggressive girl named Phoebe, whose favorite toy is–ta da!–her brave and powerful digger.  I love Phoebe and Digger both–I even love Phoebe’s annoying baby sibling (is it a boy or a girl baby?  Phoebe doesn’t ever bother to tell us!)  As soon as Candlewick accepted the book, I started imagining how an artist might portray them all.  

But I have had to wait.  And wait.  I like to brag about what a patient person I am, but I’ll tell you a secret–it’s all facade!  Underneath  I’m as much of a toe tapper and clock watcher  as anyone else.  And waiting to see Phoebe, I wore out the toes of  several pairs of shoes.

Part of  me wishes I could draw myself.  Of course when I write I SEE my characters and their settings, but trying to translate those mental images onto real paper is a disaster.  Yet another side of me loves working with an illustrator, someone  who takes my story and sees things I didn’t, who filters my words through her own world view.  It’s exciting and always surprising, and I am very lucky to have editors who see to it that the process is a true, give and take collaboration.  

The other day, like so many things in life that seem to take forever and then happen all at once (growing a baby comes to mind!) I received the first sketches.  It’s too early to share them but I can say that yes, it has been worth the wait.  What a gal Phoebe is!  Wait till you see her!

That’ll take a while longer, though (sound of toe tapping…)

2 thoughts on “A Picture Book

    1. Tricia

      The illustrator is Jeff Newman. He’s done “The Boys” and “Hippo! No, Rhino” and has an upcoming PB “The Hand Book”. His style is edgy and fresh and I’m very happy.


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