Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 15, 2017

Book Giveaway – Little Mouse Finds A Friend – Jessica Linn Evans

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Congratulations to Jessica Linn Evans on her new book – LITTLE MOUSE FINDS A FRIEND. Jennifer has agreed to give one book away. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, 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. Check back to discover the winner.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Join Little Mouse as he stumbles upon a new little friend who is full of big surprises. This Little Mouse adventure weaves together the life cycles of both caterpillars and relationships all set in beautifully detailed illustrations.

BOOK’S JOURNEY:

The Journey of Little Mouse Finds a Friend

Several years back, our family moved into a house that was kitty-corner from one of my good friends, Jeni Leidenfrost, and her family. Jeni and I renewed our friendship from years before and began having coffee together on a regular basis. On one of our visits Jeni told me the story of Little Mouse finding a friend and I told her I loved it. We decided to make a book together. That was before we knew anything about making books. Now we know that we did just about everything wrong to begin with. But we sure learned a lot!

The first draft of the story was incredibly long, and very different than the final copy. Since we were neighbors, it was fun to get together and decide how the characters would look, what the scenery might be, how the house might appear on the inside and out. And drink coffee. Lots of coffee! Essentially, we built an entire community, with neighbors and pets…everything!

It took us about seven years to finish Little Mouse Finds a Friend. As I mentioned earlier, we didn’t know what we were doing when we started. We would spend a month or two frantically working, only to have to wait months for the next step. That was a big adjustment to what I imagined would be a smooth process.

One of the things I didn’t know is to never create finished illustrations of the entire story before the manuscript goes to an editor. I think I had to repaint 90% or more of the illustrations because the story changed so much. The appearance of the characters changed a lot. I put a lot of research into making sure I got the caterpillar just right, and I never want to paint it again! Please, no more caterpillars!!

Editor extraordinaire, Tim Travaglini, gave some great input early on in the creation of this book, and I’m so grateful for his corrections and changes on perspective of illustrations, and the importance of capturing the action of the story. At last our fantastic publisher, Jason Farley at Jovial Publishing, read the book and became excited about the project, and everything finally came together and the book is a reality.

JESSICA’S BIO:

Jessica Linn Evans is an illustrator. She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest where she grew up into a love of the outdoors and fairy stories. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a BFA in Studio Arts. After many years in the role of Art Director/Graphic Designer, she moved forward full-time with her passion for illustrating and writing books for children, creating whimsical characters and settings, emphasizing the wonder of God’s world. Jessica resides in Idaho with her husband and four delightful children.

Thank you Jessica for sharing your new book and journey with us. It looks like a wonderful picture book. I’m sure the winner will love it. Jessica was featured on Illustrator Saturday. Here is the link: https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/illustrator-saturday-jessica-linn-evans/

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Very cute illustrations, would be happy to read it 😊

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  2. What a beautiful book! Someone should nominate it for a Cybils next year. Wishing you all the best!

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  3. I love the story and the pix. What I really like is your honesty in reminding us of the long journey in getting the manuscript and illustrations JUST RIGHT!
    Thanks!! Good luck, Anne

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  4. Thank you for the opportunity to win this adorable book. I have also tweeted about the giveaway.

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  5. This sounds very fun, and even though Jessica doesn’t want to draw another caterpillar, I think Please, No More Caterpillars! would be a great PB title!

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  6. I saw this online in the last week or so and thought how charming it looked!

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  7. This book looks SO cute 😀 Sharing!…

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