Thursday, May 30, 2013

Comics Event!

Come see three cartoonists (including our very own Justin Colussy-Estes) read from their works and discuss their art. So leave the kids behind and join us for adult beverages, comics, and conversation!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Art Walk Silent Auction at Little Shop!

Little Shop of Stories is hosting a silent auction on Friday, May 24th from 5 to 9 p.m. All proceeds from the sales of these works go to the Decatur Book Festival (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit) to benefit On The Same Page, a community-wide family reading program. A portion of the winning bid may be tax deductible.

The following pieces are up for bid and are currently on display at Little Shop.

We hope to see you Friday evening!

Tony DiTerlizzi

Ink and watercolor painting of Thimbletack, the house Brownie introduced in the first book of Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black’s The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Field Guide (Simon & Schuster, 2003). Frame not included.
New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Tony DiTerlizzi, has been creating books with for over a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela) and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle-grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in over thirty countries. Tony works with his wife, Angela, and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with their daughter.

Mike Lowery

Framed print of Bunny Parade on archival paper. Frame is included.
Mike Lowery is a local artist living in Atlanta, Georgia and his work has been seen on everything from greetings cards to children's books to gallery walls all over the world. He is a Professor of Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta. He lives in an atomic ranch house, surrounded by trees where he likes to draw little animals in party hats and other silly stuff. His picture books include The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School, What Can a Crane Pick Up, Moo Hoo, and Ribbit Rabbit, among others.

Jarrett Krosoczka

Ink sketch of Rick Zengo and Corey O’Malley, chief protagonists of Jarrett’s new series, Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked (Walden Pond Press, 2013). Frame not included.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka has been passionate about storytelling through words and pictures since he was a kid. He began his professional career by illustrating educational readers for a national publisher while still an undergraduate at Rhode Island School of Design. Then, just six months after graduation, Jarrett received his first contract for a trade book that he authored, Good Night, Monkey Boy in 2001 and Jarrett hasn’t stopped or slowed down since. He currently has authored and illustrated eighteen published books—ten picture books and eight graphic novels. His Lunch Lady series has twice won a Children's Choice Book Award, in the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year category, and was nominated for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. This summer, Jarrett has his chapter book debut with the publication of Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked. His Punk Farm and Lunch Lady series are both currently in development as feature films. While Jarrett awaits seeing his work adapted for the silver screen, he can be heard on The Book Report with JJK, his new radio segment on Sirius XM's Kids Place Live. Jarrett is happily living out his childhood dream in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he resides with his wife and daughters and their pug, Ralph Macchio.

James Dean

Original painting of Pete the Cat, post blueberries. Enough said.
New York Times Bestselling illustrator James Dean has been painting Pete the Cat for over a dozen years and has turned his love for cats into his life's work. His art has sold in more than ninety galleries and shops across the United States. He illustrated his first self-published children's book, Pete the Cat I Love my White Shoes, by Eric Litwin, in 2008, and soon after it was picked up by HarperCollins Publishers. All of the Pete the Cat books have spent multiple weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. James lives in Georgia with his wife, four cats, and one dog.

Judy Schachner

Final cover art for SkippyJon Jones and the Big Bones (Dutton, 2007). Pastels. Visually stunning. Frame not included.
New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator Judy Schachner was born in Waltham, Massachusetts, and after graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1973, Schachner worked for a greeting card factory, designing cards with various themes until deciding to devote her time to children’s book art. After a few self-illustrated children’s books Schachner introduced Skippyjon Jones to the world, and has since been nominated and won several awards for her books children’s books. Long a Little Shop favorite, Judy lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with husband Bob.

Peter Brown

Two pencil sketches on one sheet of paper for Creepy Carrots! (Aaron Reynolds, author, Simon & Schuster, 2012). Examining the final art, one can see how Peter’s ideas shifted. Winning bid will also receive a copy of Creepy Carrots! signed by Peter Brown. Frame not included.
Growing up in New Jersey, Peter Brown told stories as a kid by drawing whimsical characters. Then as a teenager, he fell in love with writing, and told his tales with words. While studying at Art Center College of Design, Peter’s love of both words and pictures led him to take several courses on children’s books. And before long he knew he’d found his calling. After graduating from Art Center Peter moved to New York City to be closer to the publishing industry. He was working on animated TV shows when he was hired to write and illustrate his first picture book, Flight of the Dodo. Peter quickly signed up his second and third books, and his career as an author and illustrator of children’s books was under way. Peter’s books have earned him numerous honors, including a Caldecott Honor (2013) for Creepy Carrots! written by Aaron Reynolds, two E.B. White Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book award, a Children’s Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year, two Irma Black Honors, and four New York Times bestsellers. Peter lives in Brooklyn, New York.