I loved the idea of a picture book with art by children, and when I saw the art, I was blown away. The art is so beautiful and life-like and I just fell in love with it. I also love the fact that we would be helping those very kids who drew the animals!
I was blown away, too! When deciding who to submit the project to, why did you send it to Barb McNally at Sleeping Bear Press?
I sent it to Barb since she does very interesting books that are usually a little serious and a little out-of-the-box.
That makes sense! What was Barb's initial response after reading the manuscript and was the acquisition process an exciting one?
Barb loved it immediately. It’s always an exciting process when an editor loves and buys the book!
I love the idea. You would never know that children illustrated this book since the art is so sophisticated. It’s almost like the animals are glowing, there’s so much life in them.
I agree! How do you feel about the final product, and why do you hope kids here in the U.S. will read it?
It’s a gorgeous book. I think kids in the US will see this art and realize that these children get to see these magnificent animals all the time, which is such a different experience than what we live here in the States. Whenever you can see how someone else lives, you are hopefully expanding your horizons and learning more than what you knew before you read the book.