Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 1, 2013

Doris Ettlinger – Book Launch Invitation

Welcome to America, Champ!


If you visit this blog on a regular basis, you know that I am a big fan of Doris and her art.  I have every book she has illustrated and I haven’t held this one in my hand, yet, but I already know I have to add this new book to my collection. I hope Doris will be attending the New Jersey SCBWI Conference in June, so I can get it signed.  (Doris, are you attending?)

Doris says, “The story begins with a wedding in an English village during WWII. While illustrating Champ! my father’s army uniform hung in my studio for reference and inspiration.” Written by Catherine Stier, this book is part of the Tales of the World series published by Sleeping Bear Press.

Clinton Book Shop – 21 East Main St., Clinton, NJ – on Saturday April 6.
If you live nearby, please join us. Doris will be signing books from 11 am – 1 pm.



The luxurious Queen Mary ocean liner once sailed with diapers drying on clotheslines suspended over the ship’s emptied swimming pool. Why? This was part of an unusual cargo transported by luxury liners in 1946: tens of thousands of “soldier brides” and their children who immigrated at the end of WWII to reunite with the U.S. servicemen they had married overseas. This entry into the Tales of the World series shines a vivid light on war’s upheavals by focusing on fictional Thomas, a nine-year-old boy who faces leaving home, friends, grandparents, and his beloved cricket for the U.S., a new father, a new school, and the strange sport of baseball. A wedding cake made by friends’ saving up sugar and powdered eggs for weeks and a view from the train into London of the Blitz’s devastation bring home war’s everyday hardship and trauma. At the same time, Thomas is moving into a hopeful future. Heartfelt watercolor illustrations bring to life the anxiety and tentative joys of this unique historical situation. — Connie Fletcher

Talk tomorrow,



  1. This book looks glorious! I love Doris’s work (and Doris). I will try to make it on April 6th!


  2. This looks BEAUTIFUL, Doris 🙂 Good luck and enjoy your book launch! It seems I live too far away for most of the book launches Kathy posts 😦


  3. Tara is
    correct… Doris’ new book IS glorious! See you on the 6th Doris!


  4. Reblogged this on Darlene Beck-Jacobson and commented:
    I, too, love the work of Doris Ettlinger. Can’t wait to get a copy of this book for my library.


  5. Her work is just lovely. I will be looking for this book. Thanks for telling me about it.


  6. Congrats, Doris. The book looks loverly!


  7. Thanks for the great comments. It will be fun to welcome CHAMP! (as I like to call the book) this Saturday. I won’t be able to make the conference this year because of a family wedding. It’s tough to choose between two special events.


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