Friday, May 27, 2011

Illustration Friday: Asleep...And Some Photos!

For some reason, I've been thinking about symbiotic relationships lately. What happens when the bird who cleans the crocodile's teeth falls asleep on the job?

On a completely unrelated note (as far as I can tell), I want to share a few photos from my book party last weekend. What fun! My good friend, Gina Risso, took wonderful photos. I've thrown in a few from other sources as well. By the way, if you like the Buglette t-shirts the kiddos are wearing, leave a comment on my previous blog entry. I'll be giving one away!

What party would be complete without aphid juice?

Cupcake scavengers (another one behind the lemonade, too.)

Ladybug cupcakes: red velvet, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Yum! 

My "little" brother entertains the crowd.
Reading while being upstaged by a two-year old (my own).

I've learned that I make very strange faces when I sign books.

The kiddos (and some adults!) made Buglette antennae.

Me with my brother and sister-in-law

Someone is wearing a lot of stickers.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Giveaway winners and another giveaway!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the giveaway for my picture book, BUGLETTE, THE MESSY SLEEPER! Following are the winners. Congratulations! (We didn't reach 50 so I'll hold onto that original piece of art for another giveaway.) Please email me your mailing addresses (bethanie (at) aquapup (dot) com) and we'll get your books in the mail to you:

Also, for those of you with little ones in your lives, I'm doing another BUGLETTE giveaway. This week it's a t-shirt (very fetching with jewels, as modeled by my daughter!). Just leave a comment on this post on or before June 3rd. I will give away one t-shirt, 100% cotton, screen-printed. I have size XS (2-4) or S (6-8). Good luck! As with the last contest, I can only mail to the US. I'll announce winners here on June 8th.

Soon, I'll be posting some photos from my launch party that took place at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA this past weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, the crowd was wonderful AND we sold out of books!

Finally, now that my "30 Lessons Learned" is over, I will likely take a bit of a hiatus from the weekly blogging. Hopefully I will be doing more Illustration Fridays. I'm also in the middle of another couple of projects -- still learning lessons from those and DEFINITELY learning quite a bit about post-publication "stuff". I will likely put together another series soon. Feel free to chime in if you have any suggestions. :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Buglette (and a Reading List)

Today is Buglette's birthday! I'll be visiting some great blogs next week for a virtual book tour. In the meantime, don't forget to leave a comment on last week's post for my book giveaway.

In honor of my little bug and her escapades, following are some of my favorite books with themes that are similar to Buglette. I hope you might enjoy some of these titles (along with Buglette, of course) for a hefty dose of not-so-quiet sleeping and unusual but uber-lovable little characters:

Not-so-quiet sleep books:
Bear Snores On, Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
Goodnight Gorilla, Peggy Rathmann
The Napping House, Audrey and Don Wood
Little Hoot, Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace
Roar of a Snore, Marsha Diane Arnold and Pierre Pratt
How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late, Mo Willems

Books with little heroes and heroines:
Song of Middle C, Alison McGhee
Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty
Olivia, Ian Falconer
A Carousel Tale, Elisa Kleven
April and Esme, Tooth Fairies, Bob Graham
The Curious Garden, Peter Brown
Clever Jack Takes the Cake, Candace Fleming

Happy reading!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

30 Lessons Learned, #30: Keep it simple (It's Giveaway Time!)

I am very excited to announce that I'll be giving away signed copies of Buglette, The Messy Sleeper. I promise to keep it simple, in the wake of reading this blog post (check it out for a good chuckle).

Just leave a comment on THIS blog entry on or before May 21st. That's it! You don't need to jump through any blogging, Facebook or Twitter hoops. Winners will be announced here on Wednesday the 25th. I will be giving away one signed copy of Buglette for every 10 comments I receive, up to 50 comments. If I receive over 50 comments, I'll add a framed original illustration to the giveaway as well. Winners will be chosen from a random drawing. I can ship only to the US. My apologies to friends abroad. 

So, go ahead and comment below. Your comment can be as simple as "I want a book". Please spread the word!

Thanks to those of you who have stuck with me from the beginning as well as all newcomers. Don't forget to check back here Wednesday, May 25th for a list of winners AND another fun giveaway.