Susan Detwiler has agreed to offer her new book to one lucky winner. All you have to do is leave a comment to get in the running. Reblog, or tweet, or talk about it on facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you before drawing the winners on Christmas Eve and announcing the winner on Christmas Day.
Journey to Publication and Description of Book:
I wrote and illustrated the dummy for Fine Life For A Country Mouse a decade before I found a publisher for it at Penguin. I submitted and revised this book eighteen times in ten years! During that time, I joined SCBWI and learned about picture book creation and the business of children’s book publishing. I found a publisher who appreciated my art and hired me to illustrate several books, in fact, I have illustrated about a book a year for Arbordale Publishing, for which I am very grateful. But this book, which is the retelling of the Aesop fable about the city mouse and the country mouse, is my baby. I hope it is only my first as author/illustrator!
Fine Life For A Country Mouse is a retelling of a favorite fable by Aesop. This story stays close to Aesop’s moral in which the country mouse learns something valuable. Shy Tillie Mouse is visited by her city cousin Oliver, who is difficult to please and bored by the country. She agrees to accompany him back to the city, and sees that his luxurious lifestyle is also fraught with danger. Tillie returns home with a renewed appreciation for her simple life.
Children will relate to a tiny creature in a big, scary world.
Here is the link to Amazon.Definitely would make a nice gift.
I asked Susan to send me some of the interior artwork from the book and I was blown away with what I saw. I have to share them with you. I think you will appreciate them, too.
Susan Detwiler has illustrated several award-winning books for children including One Wolf Howls and Panda’s Earthquake Escape. Fine Life For a Country Mouse is her first as an author/illustrator. She was educated at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Susan grew up in Maryland the eldest of five children, although she insists she was not bossy. Her large extended family is very close. When she isn’t drawing, Susan likes to sculpt at the beach, make pies (especially apple) and sock toys. She loves animals and was always fascinated by the pet mice that belonged to her two sons. She and her artist husband live in Baltimore with their dog. Visit her website http://www.susandetwiler.com