Between working with Teresa Hanley on I Don't Eat Things With Eyes! and being married to a children's librarian, I couldn't fight off the inspiration to try my own hand at a children's book. Should be released late 2019. Hope you like it!
Little turtles are good for lots of things. Could protecting the last peach in all the land be one of them? Take your child on a journey across the yard with the adorable Paisley leading the charge. Along the way, a delightful cast of mischievous animals will test Paisley’s patience, self-confidence and—perhaps most important of all—ability to persevere over adversity.
I know, I know; there should be a law against me contributing to the education or amusement of children. Alas, there isn't. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to work with the very talented Teresa Hanley on her debut children's book, I Don't Eat Things With Eyes! Not only is it a first for her, it's my first time illustrating a children's book.
From the heart of a teacher, I Don't Eat Things With Eyes! is the perfect book to teach your child about the importance of diversity, courage and conviction. Ped the vegetarian python struggles to balance his personal convictions with a desire to please others. Delight in Ped's victory as he finds the courage to stand by his personal beliefs despite the social pressure to fit in.
Poverty has a way of stripping childhood of its dignity, a fact of life that Lincoln Chase knows all too well. Wearing thrift store clothes, praying to the gods of adolescence that some loud-mouthed kid doesn't recognize his old shirt. Building up firewood reserves while other boys are out popping fly balls without a care in the world. It's a relentless condition without a single redeeming quality.
Of course, being poor is something that Lincoln has had time to accept. That his father is a convicted murderer, on the other hand... well, that's a fresh wound that'll take some getting used to. And soon enough it'll be the least of his problems.
Yet all is not lost. Because in a long neglected hayfield, something extraordinary is happening—something so contrary to human thinking that the rules of possibility begin to unravel. And for a boy like Lincoln, it doesn't merely change the way he sees the world.
It changes everything.
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