Now that Mattie and my eco-crime fighting owl Alfred are officially out in the wilds of libraries and bookstores, I’m in the mood for donuts. LOTS OF DONUTS!
I’ve written a secret scene about a very special donut. You can unlock the scene in several ways:
- Tweet a donut picture or gif to @RobinYardi, please do indulge!
- Tweet a picture of the cover of OWL’S OUTSTANDING DONUTS on a wild bookshelf!
- Follow my blog and comment here, and please DO tell me your favorite flavor!!
A perfectly baked PDF can be delivered to greedy readers via DM or email!
Happy reading & happy eating!
Today I’m so happy to host the cover reveal for Camilla Cartographer! It was a pleasure interviewing Julie Dillemuth and Laura Wood about their new book, which is their third author/illustrator collaboration published by Magination Press.
Camilla Cartographer is a delightful book about finding your way, even when it’s not on any map!
Questions for Julie Dillemuth
Questions for Laura Wood
But if I have to pick one that I particularly enjoy looking at myself, it would be the opening one, where the reader is introduced to the main character, Camilla, and to her little world.
I wanted to make the image fun and engaging so that the reader could be thrown straight into the story and her world.
Here people can start getting to know her for the first time, having a sense of who she is and where she lives.
It took me a while to get this image right. Before getting to the final sketch I drew a few different versions until I was happy enough and I had the right composition to fit the story and the text.
RY: What’s your earliest (or best) map related memory?
Nowadays my maps are all on my phone, but my earliest memories go back to when maps were still on paper!
In particular, I remember when as a child I used to make maps myself about the world I was living in: a map of my room, my school, my building, etc… I was fascinated by them!
To be honest not much has changed 🙂
Julie Dillemuth is a children’s author with a PhD in geography. Her books LUCY IN THE CITY: A STORY ABOUT DEVELOPING SPATIAL THINKING SKILLS (Magination Press) and MAPPING MY DAY (Magination Press) promote spatial reasoning skills by encouraging readers to tune into their surroundings, think about where they are in relation to other things and places, draw maps to tell stories, and more. Her most recent book, LOVING COMFORT: A TODDLER WEANING STORY, helps toddlers and mothers through the emotional process of weaning from breastfeeding. Julie lives in Santa Barbara, California, where the west coast faces south. To find her online, navigate to http://www.juliedillemuth.com or @JulieDillemuthBooks on Facebook.
Originally from a small town in the north of Italy, Laura Wood studied illustration in the wonderful city of Melbourne, Australia, where she started her illustration career. After a few years of seeking adventures and travelling around the world, she currently lives and works in Milan, Italy. She creates her art digitally using lots of textured brushes and a fun color palette. Visit her online at www.laurawoodillustration.com or find her on Instagram @laura_wood_illustration!
The cover of OWL’S OUTSTANDING DONUTS is officially out in the wild today and let’s just say I think it’s an absolute hoot!
But before you do, Alfred wants to make sure you see something. Something suspicious. Something in Big Sur. And it’s happening right across the road from OWL’S OUTSTANDING DONUTS…
And now that Alfred’s got your attention, you’re absolutely going to need to pre-order my new middle grade mystery. Kirkus says, “Doughn’t miss this earnest tale.”
Owl’s Outstanding Donuts won’t be out until September 3, but you can pre-order a copy through your local bookstore on IndieBound.org!!
OWL’S OUTSTANDING DONUTS is “a story full of mystery, feathers, and sprinkles. After Mattie Waters loses her mother, she goes to live with her aunt, the owner of a roadside donut shop in Big Sur, California. When an owl taps on Mattie’s window one night, Mattie looks out to see something suspicious taking place nearby. With help from her friends–and from Alfred, a stuffy but good-hearted owl–she’ll set out to find the culprits, facing fears that have followed her since her mother’s death.”