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August 8, 2010

CATalog Samples, part I

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Hardly any of my books are cat-less. It all started
when Jane Flory asked me to illustrate her rollicking 
cat tale, We'll Have A Friend For Lunch.

My first picture book. Not too sure what I was doing, 
made a full color dummy and sent it to Jane's publisher, 
Houghton Mifflin Co. in Boston. A very patient and 
humorous Walter Lorraine taught me color separation 
over the telephone and that my 38 page dummy needed 
to become 32 pages.

As author as well as illustrator, in Too Many Babas,
my first I Can Read book for Harper, I gave Baba 
Edis a cat. While the Babas are making soup, the 
cat is otherwise occupied in the pictures only.

Lee Bennett Hopkins supplied the how, what, where, 
when and who poems in QUESTIONS, another Harper 
I Can Read book. Lots of places for cats. This one 
accompanying the poem What Do I Make? by Ilo Orleans.

My, oh, my, watching Grandma make SWEET POTATO 
PIE, from Anne Rockwell's delectable singsong early Step 
Into Reading book for Random House.

Caterina and Pavel wishing for a child of their own, 
see that even the Cat has kittens from THE LITTLE 
SNOWGIRL, my retelling of an old Russian tale for 
Tomie De Paola's Whitebird imprint at Putnam.

The Farmer and his cat hear something spooky. 
From Tony Johnston's very clever/funny/not so 
scary Halloween ghost story for early readers, 
BOO, A Story That Could Be True at Scholastic.

Sometimes a little cat just wants to be there.
THE VERY YOUNG, (which my brother Ted 
calls, "The Patty Cake Book") illustrating
Ride A Horse To Boston, another for Random

Bob Barton's retelling of Paul Gallico's sweet 
story about a boy and his Donkey, THE SMALL 
MIRACLE, Henry Holt. No cats in the story. 
But that never stopped me. That's why there's 
a cat, who looks a lot like Tizzy, watching 
from the window.

There are lots of farm animals in THE THREE 
BROTHERS, my retelling of a German folk tale,
Whitebird/Putnam again. Here is the cat witnessing 
the magic of the ending along with the Father 
and his sons.

Lastly (for part 1) is this cat looking out the window to
see WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE, by Linda DeWitt, 
a Let's Read & Find Out book from HarperCollins.

Don't know about you, but after all this,
I need a CAT nap.  =^..^=


  1. I always advise illustrators to put a cat in their portfolio!

  2. I find the best way to get the cat to go into the
    portfolio is to throw some Whicker Lickins in first. :-)

    Great to hear from you, Edie!

  3. What a wonderful CATaloging of wonderful work!

    I have a basket of Whisker Lickin's here by the computer (Temptations too), and get pawed at all day long for a treat. :~)

  4. My guys get their treat each evening around 9-ish.
    They've tried to open the zippered cloth cosmetic bag that hold the Whisker Lickens can.... but so far, the lack of thumbs is a stumbling block.

    As for the cats in my books, looking through the pile, I realize this may qualify as an illness.......
    severe CATatonia. What I've posted is a flea on the tip of the iceberg. Blogging is proving good therapy.... ;-)