once every 2 yrs, mb artists holds a fall party that is attended by the artists & clients. i look forward to this event since this is probably the only time i get to meet the people i work with & the mb artists illustrators who live all over the world.
as always, each illustrator was asked to do a quick b/w spot art with a specific theme. the 1" x 1" spots will be for the invites & promotional giveaway ( a nice booklet with samples of each illustrators' artwork).
this is my spot for the 2006 party:
since the size for the spot art is very small, it only takes a few minutes to do. the tricky part is to keep it simple without much detail so that it can be understood. still, fun stuff.
the kirkus review has written the first review for Bedtime At The Swamp:
"Sitting in the moonlit swamp with his West Highland white terrier, a boy hears, "Splish splash / rumba-rumba / bim bam BOOM!" and knows it's a swamp monster. He high-tails it up a willow, but his sister comes to tell him Ma wants him home for bedtime. When they hear the monster again, she joins him up the tree. Each time a relative arrives to fetch him home, they end up in the tree. Even the monster is frightened into joining them by the strange sound-and then Ma herself appears to march her brood off to bed. They all go "splish splash" in the bath, "rumba-rumba" with their toothbrushes, "bim bam" up the stairs and "BOOM!" into bed. Crow's rhythmic chant and rhymed text are nicely brought to life by Pamintuan's bright, swampy, expressive art, the clean lines and colors making the most of the absurd situation. Bedtime and monsters haven't gone together so well in years. Worth a second copy to have on hand for storytimes on either topic." (Picture book. 3-6)