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Kooky Crumbs

Written by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Mary Uhles
Published by Usborne
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From National Hat Day (January 15th) to National Vinegar Day (November 1st), former Children?s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis rejoices in this calendar of dizzy days, celebrating them all in poetic style.

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Who Wrote Kooky Crumbs

Who Illustrated Kooky Crumbs

Mary Uhles

Mary Reaves Uhles has created illustrations for numerous books and magazines. Her newest picture books include A TUBA CHRISTMAS (Sleeping Bear) and THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE (Sterling), both available Fall 2018. She has also illustrated THE LITTLE KID’S TABLE by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle (Sleeping Bear); KOOKY CRUMBS by J. Patrick Lewis (Kane Miller); and BEYOND THE GRAVE Choose Your Own Adventure Series by Dottie Enderle (ABDO Magic Wagon Press). Mary has twice been awarded the Grand Prize for Illustration from the SCBWI Midsouth Conference and her piece, EAT was a finalist in the 2014 SCBWI Bologna Book Fair Gallery. Prior to beginning her career as a freelance illustrator, Mary worked as an animator on projects for Warner Brothers and Fisher-Price Interactive. As Midsouth Illustrator Coordinator of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Mary lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. Since creating characters and stories is her favorite thing in the world (even more than mocha fudge ice cream) she feels mighty lucky to do it every day in her hilltop studio.

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  • What was the hardest part about creating Kooky Crumbs?

    Unlike my other pictures which follow a narrative story over 15 or 16 spreads, Kooky Crumbs is a collection of poems about unusual holidays. That meant i was creating a world on each page! I decided to make a cast of recurring characters - a skunk, cat, crocodile, and shark - that show up every few spreads so that the book had a little bit of a cohesive feel.

    By Mary Uhles (illustrator)

  • What part of creating Kooky Crumbs did you most enjoy?

    Actually, once I got in the groove of it, NOT having to worry about keeping characters or a setting the same on every page was quite freeing.

    By Mary Uhles (illustrator)

  • Are there any details of Kooky Crumbs that you particularly love that readers should watch for?

    I did research on most every holiday to try to get inspiration for each illustrations. Our Invisible Friends proved to be a challenge because the holiday is based on something kind of somber - funding research for chromosomal diseases. I feel like I created a hopeful scene… the older brother waiting for his sibling to be born. But pay attention to the pattern on mom’s dress. That’s how I was able to bring the heart of the holiday into the book.

    By Mary Uhles (illustrator)

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Publication Date:
June 1, 2016