Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 19, 2019

Book Giveaway: LOLA SHAPES THE SKY

Wendy Greenley debut picture book, LOLA SHAPES THE SKY is out.  It is illustrated by Paolo Domeniconi. Wendy has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. 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 do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Wendy!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

A cloud with a mind of her own and a gift for making awe-inspiring shapes encourages her friends to go beyond their practical functions and expand their imaginative horizons.

BOOK JOURNEY:

My road to writing for children had many twists and turns. I grew up thinking that I needed to do “solid” jobs for financial security, and ended up with a M.S. in Microbiology and a law degree. I enjoyed both fields of study. But when we moved abroad and I was out of work awhile, I realized that there were other things I wanted to do too. I saw the kids at local schools losing music and art classes with a focus toward “solid” subjects for standardized tests and the long suppressed artist in me wanted to push back.

These feelings combined with an idea I had banging about in my head during Tara Lazar’s PiBoIdMo (now Storystorm). And I wrote a story about a cloud’s first day at cloud school.

The only thing I kept from my first draft in the final draft that sold is the name of the main character, Lola, and the fact that she was a cloud. She was shaping the story, and I was along for the ride. After hearing advice that the manuscript wasn’t easily illustratable, I put it away for a year before Lola called me back. She had a story to tell and reminded me that the plot wasn’t as important as her message. The revision was a complete re-envisioning.The final draft has no mention of school, and a slew of funny cloud jokes were shelved.

I shared the manuscript with my critique partners again and again. They gave me great advice along the way—as well as the encouragement and support to keep going! A final critique with Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple resulted in Jane’s advice to send the story to Creative Editions, and as expected her advice was spot on. The final story combines a modern day fable about the origin of cloud shapes with themes of self-acceptance, the value of creativity, anti-bullying, and STEM facts.

Creative Editions bought the story in the summer of 2016 and paired the text with my amazing illustrator, Paolo Domeniconi in Italy.  Initially slated for Fall 2018, it was pushed back for a March 2019 release. I think it was worth waiting for!

WENDY’S BIO:

Growing up, Wendy Greenley wondered if clouds could be molded like clay, and was disappointed that her arms weren’t a zillion miles long. She was surprised when people said she had her head in the clouds–like it was a BAD thing. Now, she’s thrilled to share Lola Shapes the Sky with other quirky dreamers.

Besides writing for children, Wendy has worked as a telephone interviewer (sorry!), ice cream scooper, night security guard, microbiologist, attorney, and stay-at-home mom.

Wendy, Congratulations! And thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. Can’t wait to read this book. Good luck!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Such a beautiful story and a beautiful message!

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    • Thank you, Candice!

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  2. It’s always encouraging to hear a book’s journey. The illustrations look amazing. Looking to reading about Lola. Congratulations!

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    • Thank you, Ashley!

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  3. Such a lovely book, and I enjoyed reading about the creative process behind it!

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    • Thank you, Becky! SO much time staring off into space should result in a cloud book. 🙂

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  4. Congratulations Wendy, the illustrations look amazing and what a wonderful concept!

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    • Thanks, Chrissa! My illustrator took the words and made a beautiful book.

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  5. This book looks absolutely stunning. Congrats, Wendy and Paolo!

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    • Thanks, Claire! Paolo is a fantastic illustrator.

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  6. Looks like a beautiful book! I had a cloud story idea, so I’d be curious to read this one.

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    • Thanks, Pauline! I hope you enjoy it and it helps you with your own work!

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  7. This looks and sounds like such a beautiful book!

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    • Thanks, Christina! I’m proud of it. 🙂

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  8. Love looking for shapes in the clouds.

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    • I’m hoping everyone does, Natasha! I know I’m a daydreamer.

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  9. Love clouds! What a great story idea Wendy.

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  10. Gorgeous–congratulations, Wendy!

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    • Thank you, Tara! And thank you for helping me on my writing journey. ❤

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  11. Thank you for having me on your blog, Kathy!! My fantastic illustrator, Paolo Domeniconi lives outside Bologna, Italy and isn’t online much, or I’m sure he’d thank you too!

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  12. What a great idea for a picture book, and such wonderful illustrations too! I’d love to have a copy, thanks for the chance to win one!!
    I tweeted a link to this post: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/1130165665032052736, and pinned an image on Pinterest with a link as well: https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/336573772150710524.
    Thanks again, have a great day everyone!

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  13. I LOVE the dreamy clouds in this book! Wendy, I’m so excited that you were able to revision your story to this one that obviously wanted to be told! Congratulations!

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    • Thanks, Jane! Revision sometimes means total re-envisioning, but that’s just part of the process for me!

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  14. What a beautifully written and drawn book. Wishing you all the best of success with this book, Wendy! Reach for the sky! XOXO

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    • Thanks, Lynne Marie! Catch up with new ms soon? Time is flying!

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  15. What a wonderful idea! What child hasn’t enjoyed finding figures in clouds — and if they haven’t, they certainly need to get started. Wendy’s book is just the thing to stretch their imaginations. And the could illustrations are so wonderful!

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    • Thanks, Betty! I like to think I”m imaginative and not just oddball. 🙂

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  16. I loved heating about your inspiration and encouragement for this story Wendy. Congratulations on a beautifully Illustrated book.

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    • Thanks, Darlene! This one was a real journey.

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  17. This book is so lovely. I NEED this book! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Phyllis! I love your avatar!

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      • Thanks Wendy! Wishing you all the best with your book!

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  18. *Also shared on facebook, twitter and Tumblr. 🙂

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  19. I love everything about this picture book! BIG congrats, Wendy!

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    • Thanks, Cathy! It isn’t NF (except for the back matter!), but everyone at WOW was part of my journey. 🙂

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  20. So glad that Lola and you persisted. Congratulations on your debut!

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    • Thanks, Pat! I am a stubborn writer. #stayonthebus

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  21. This sounds like an enchanting story. Congratulations!

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    • Thank you, Carleen! Enchanted to meet you here. 🙂

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  22. A child’s imagination is a beautiful thing and your story seems to have portrayed that. Congrats Wendy!

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    • Thank you, Eleanor! That’s exactly what I was trying to do. ❤ Kids are amazing!

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  23. Reblogged this on Eleanor Ann Peterson and commented:
    Do you remember lying on the grass and admiring the clouds as a kid?

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  24. Always inspiring to hear about the journey! Thank you!

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  25. This book is absolutely lovely. Can’t wait to share it with my students.

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  26. A beautiful book, Wendy! Congratulations! I am so happy that i had the opportunity read it in Bologna! 💛

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    • Thanks, Julie! I was thrilled by that! The illustrator is Italian, so he was probably floating around somewhere. Maybe I’ll get to thank him someday in person. 🙂

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  27. This book looks gorgeous! Glad you kept your head in the clouds over the years, Wendy.

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    • Thanks, Melanie! I still spend a lot of time cloud-watching (I think I’m supposed to call it “thinking”) 🙂

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  28. What a lovely title, and a beautiful concept! Congrats!

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    • Thank you, Lydia! I was thrilled when they kept my working title.

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  29. Enchanting! What a great story and topic! Congrats!

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  30. This book is STUNning and you bet I want in on the chance to win! 😀 Tweeting!…

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  31. Loved this interview of you, Wendy!

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  32. Sounds like a great book, love the pictures.

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  33. Congratulations Wendy!

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