Tomi Ungerer…Far out isn’t far enough…and Elephant’s Story.

Elephant and Gracie meet Tomi Ungerer

Elephant and Gracie meet Tomi Ungerer

It was my introduction to Ungerer’s work by Sendak…

that lit the spark…
that kindled the fire…
that changed my course…
and made me see…
a life and career that I could build.

Thirty years later…another spark from Ungerer became a book. (Link to The Story of ELEPHANT’S STORY below)

ELEPHANT'S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

ELEPHANT’S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson
published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

Tomi is back…
in film…
in an e-mail from Brad…
in response to questions…
I answered for a blog….. 

Brad thought…with my connections to Sendak and Ungerer…I might be interested in his film: FAR OUT ISN’T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY

Absolutely!!!!

I saw it as soon as it was released. After reading about the film in the NYTimes last Spring….I planned my trip to Chicago for ALA around it’s screening at the GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER last June.

Tomi Film Ticket stub

Tomi Film Ticket stub

Loved it.

I’m thrilled to know that I can now download it on iTunes and/or see it on Netflix.

Now I can see it again….and again…
Thank you, Brad!!!…for making such a wonderful film…for capturing Tomi (and Maurice) and sharing them with the rest of us.

Links below…explore…enjoy…tcp

note that this is not a film for young children…but do read them Tomi’s books…and if you can find the early animations from Weston Woods…The Three Robbers is one of our favorites…delicious!

ps.…I found the ticket stub while I was cleaning my studio…just after I responded to Brad’s e-mail…hmmmm…

http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/books/elephant/about-elephant.htm

The Elephant in the Room: 3 questions with Tracey Campbell Pearson

http://www.faroutthemovie.com

http://cornerofthecave.com

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Red Grooms Visits VT…sketches…and an interview……

Red Grooms in VT?…Really?

Yes. I was lucky enough to be at the Brattleboro Museum to hear him speak about his work in his interview with Stephen Hannock.

In the 1970’s, my teacher John Gundelfinger introduced me to Red Grooms’ work while I was studying at Parson’s School of Design. John, a generous teacher and wonderful artist, invited me to his studio…my first visit to a real artist’s loft in Soho…I’d been drawing on subways as well as making life size people out of pantyhose.

John gave me a wonderful silk screen by Red Grooms of a wild street drawing of Madison Ave…that Red had given him–“The Discount Store”. John said…”look at this…get out on the street…draw…”

John also apologized for giving me an unsigned print.

A turning point in my career as a young artist…I ended up letting go of my studies in “fashion illustration”….looking for a new direction…I went down the hall…and
stumbled into Maurice Sendak’s class.

Now 2013…I’m still drawing on the streets and subways…and making picture books. Thank you John. Thank you Red for signing my print last night.

This wonderful show is up through October 20th…it is worth the trip to Brattleboro…I’m going to see it again…tcp

http://www.brattleboromuseum.org/2013/05/20/red-grooms-whats-the-ruckus/

http://www.wwo.org/document.doc?id=213

Ps…and I have a show up at the Brooks Memorial Library through the end of October…serendipity?….hmmmm.

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Elephant and Gracie go to Brattleboro, VT…

Brooks Memorial Library sign out of Elephant's Alphabet for Art Show.

Brooks Memorial Library sign out of Elephant’s Alphabet for Art Show.

Getting ready...Brooks Memorial Library Art Show...scattered Elephant art

Getting ready…Brooks Memorial Library Art Show…scattered Elephant art

Getting ready...Brooks Memorial Library Art Show...Elephant art on boards in studio-3

Getting ready…Brooks Memorial Library Art Show…Elephant art on boards in studio-3

Getting ready...Brooks Memorial Library Art Show...scattered Elephant art on boards in studio-2

Getting ready…Brooks Memorial Library Art Show…scattered Elephant art on boards in studio-2

Getting ready...Brooks Memorial Library Art Show...scattered Elephant art on boards in studio-1

Getting ready…Brooks Memorial Library Art Show…scattered Elephant art on boards in studio-1

The Brooks Memorial Library has a show of artwork from children’s book illustrators that changes every couple of months. It’s a great opportunity to see how different the process of making a picture book is for each illustrator.The show changes every couple of months.

The release date for my new book ELEPHANT’S STORY (Margaret Ferguson Books by Farrar Straus Giroux BYR) is October. 22nd. But you can get a sneak peek and see my process…if you can’t get to Brattleboro, VT….here’s a link to pictures from the show onElephant’s Blog:

http://elephantstoryblog.com

http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/books/elephant.html

Enjoy the show….visit your library…tcp

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Elephant’s Story…headed to NYC for Original Art Show at Society of Illustrators…

ELEPHANT'S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux Fall 2013

ELEPHANT’S STORY by Tracey Campbell Pearson
published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux OCT 22, 2013 ISBN 9780374399139

Elephant and Gracie are excited to be taking part in the Original Art Show at The Society of Illustrators in NY.

They are thrilled to be surrounded by wonderful art by wonderful artists in a wonderful show….cool.

Although there is the “Elephant in the room” concern…but maybe there will be more elephants…they can have an elephant party!

It’s a great show of original children’s book art…hope to see you there!….tcp

“The Original Art: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration is on display at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators from October 23 through December 21, 2013. Founded in 1980 by artist’s agent Dilys Evans, this exhibit showcases the year’s best children’s books.  For editors and art directors, it is an inspiration and a treasure trove of talent to draw upon. For art students, it is a marvelous opportunity to examine—up close—the work of the best in the field. And for the public, it is a chance to appreciate the enormous range of creativity in children’s books and to see both the printed pages and the original paintings, drawings, prints, and collages they represent.”

http://www.societyillustrators.org/The-Museum/2013/Original-Art/The-Original-Art.aspx

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The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson…The Common Core & muffin cups?…

The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson published by Farrar Straus Giroux ISBN 0-374-35046-9 Booklist Editor's Choice, Top of the list 2006 School Library Journal,  A Book of the Year, 2006

The Moon by Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson
published by Farrar Straus Giroux ISBN 0-374-35046-9
Booklist Editor’s Choice, Top of the list 2006
School Library Journal, A Book of the Year, 2006

While signing books at stores in Maine…*(BOB, THE MOON…ELEPHANT’S STORY isn’t out until October 22nd)…I was told THE MOON is being used for “The Common Core”!

Here are links for using THE MOON  with the “The Common Core”:

http://www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/commoncore/ela.03.sr.1.07.-015-v1.pdf

http://www.wsra.org/assets/Convention/Handouts_2013/b20%20laura%20adams%20gr%204.pdf

I was NOT thinking of  “The Common Core” when I created the illustrations for Stevenson’s  poem.

What was I was thinking?…
(while reading my Dad’s childhood copy of A Child’s  Garden of Verses)

…I love the rhythm, the language, the spaces that Stevenson left me to create my own story within the poem

…the magic of a moonlit night

…sailing with my dad by the light of the moon when I was young.

spread-title-page

My story begins on the title page….when Dad goes into the child’s room…the new baby can’t sleep and neither can anyone else in the house.

spread-moon-clock“The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;”

I’m not sure Stevenson was thinking…

…about a Dad taking his child out for a boat ride in the moonlight… Mom stays home with the baby. This story is for the older child when a new sibling arrives. There are enough books written that will tell him how he’ll “love his new baby brother or sister”
This book celebrates the older child.

Here is a link to THE MOON on my website. It includes “the inside story” about my process creating the book. I share this with teachers, librarians and students when I visit schools.

http://www.traceycampbellpearson.com/books/themoon.htm

What were the children thinking?
The same poem.
Different artists.
Different art.

See posts from June 5th,  June 6th…Chamberlin Elementary in S. Burlington,VT made beautiful watercolors.

Post from April 7th…Alden Primary in Buffalo, NY made great paper cut outs of owl in the night..check out the owl’s eyes made out of…muffin cups!!!

So…after teachers fit The Moon into The Common Core…
…maybe students can pick up a paintbrush…or scissors…paper…a glue stick and….
….muffin cups???…tcp

*PS…I left signed books in Maine at The Children’s Book Cellar inWaterville, The Briar Patch in Bangor, Maine Coast Books in Damariscotta and Blue Hill Books in Blue Hill…all wonderful independent bookstores…I just sent books at Deer Isle Library….and left a pile of books for the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School for kids to check out…enjoy…tcp

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2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Cover with Elephant’s Story…

Gracie reading to Elephant on the 2013 ABC Best Books for Children Cover

Gracie reading to Elephant on the 2013 ABC Best Books for Children Cover

Look who’s reading to Elephant on the 2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Cover!

Gracie thinks everyone should take time to read to their Elephant!…tcp

Here is a link to the article from American Booksellers Association http://www.bookweb.org/node/26745

PS…If you want to know what Elephant thinks…here’s a link to his blog:
http://elephantstoryblog.com

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BEA…Sketchbooks and Elephant in New York City…

As I get Elephant ready for ALA…I am looking over my notes from BEA.
My problem with note taking is that my pen is constantly distracted by people in the room….even when I am looking at the backs of heads.

My packing list for ALA:
Elephant & Gracie…
Sketchbook & favorite pen…tcp

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