Time for a curds and whey break with
I virtually met Iza early on in my kidlit travels in January 2012, and she made me feel right at home. In fact, Iza was my second guest on NWR with her poem “Grins and Giggles” and a vintage “snickerview,” which I hope you’ll check out if you haven’t seen them. I was struck then and still am now by her warmth and generosity of spirit, and with how active and helpful she is in the kidlit blogging community.
So in honor of her new book, Little Miss Muffet, I decided to do a BEST OF IZA post so new-to-Iza readers, writers, and artists can benefit from that same generosity that I have found. Read on for Iza links galore, because when she’s not writing one of her many books (over two dozen thus far!)…
…Iza toils away on her blog In and Out of My Studio, entertaining us with poems and stories or teaching us all sorts of useful things.
Just this week, Iza offered the first in a series of informative posts for children’s book illustrators. As someone who sadly is not an artist, these posts open a world of wonder of the “how do they do that?” variety. I have several of Iza’s books and often pore over the watercolor paintings, marveling at the color and detail. Just look at the intense blues in this spread from Froggie Went A-Courtin’. And the light sources! It is beyond me!
If you have an art question for Iza to answer, or are just curious about what goes into picture book illustration, she’s open for business. Just head over to the first post. If you really want to see the nitty-gritties of how Iza begins, I also love the post “Book Art Progress” in which she shares early sketches for The Bear Went Over the Mountain. Here are a couple of other great posts on illustration:
“So You Want to Illustrate Children’s Books” – tips for illustrators
“Evolution of the Bear” – from sketch to finished bear
“Inspiration for Budding Picture Book Illustrators” – Iza’s road to publication
In-depth illustrator interview by Cindy Wider at DrawPJ.com – highly recommended!
On more than one occasion, I have pestered Iza for information on writing for children. Luckily, she isn’t stingy with the tips, as you can see in her post “So You Want to Write a Children’s Book.” But she often goes beyond that to show us her process and offer valuable insight for us rhymers. Here are some of the best:
“Picture Book Revision” – writing process for Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
“Uneven Rhymes: You Gotta Get the Beat!” – revisions on Oh Where, Oh Where Had My Little Dog Gone?
“Rhythm and Pattern in a Picture Book” – guest post on Janice Hardy’s blog, The Other Side of the Story
(And look where she gets to write this stuff: at a desk that I covet, built by her talented husband. Gorgeous!)
Iza found her niche in extended nursery rhymes, which means her books are singable. BONUS BEDTIME TREAT! Just look at the rapt audience at one of her recent bookstore readings.
Iza was kind enough to sing to us today, too! Put on your jammies (or stay in them) and enjoy this sweet rendition of Iza’s latest book, Little Miss Muffet.
I’m a fan of chaise longues, so I particularly like this illustration of Miss Muffet under the tuffet.
I hope you find lots of useful goodies in these links. Be sure to visit Iza at all her usual haunts!
Thank you for sharing Miss Muffet with us, Iza!
Little Miss Jama has the roundup at Jama’s Alphabet Soup. I’ll bet anything that she has some curds, too.
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LITTLE MISS MUFFET text and all illustrations © Iza Trapani (Sky Pony Press 2013). All rights reserved.