Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 6, 2019

BOOK GIVEAWAY: DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE by Anne Lambelet

Author/illustrator Anne Lambelet has a new picture book titled, DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE. Anne 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 Anne!

DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE
Pub Date: June 18, 2019 | Page Street Kids | ISBN: 9781624146893

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

As one girl walks home from school, she loves nothing more than to look at all the people and dogs she passes on the way. There are small people with tall dogs, people and dogs who share ice cream, and even pairs with matching mustachios. Some people are just like their dogs and some are very different, but no matter what, it’s clear that they’re the best of friends. When the girl finally makes it home, she has her own best friend waiting for her – and readers are in for a delightful surprise.

BOOK JOURNEY:

            Dogs and their People evolved in a very unconventional way for me. Normally, I have an idea for a narrative, I begin writing, I go through several drafts to work out plot issues & wording, I do a rough, sketch-y storyboard, and then I finally do some refined, final art to put with the words. Dogs and their People on the other hand all began with the illustrations.

It started with Inktober, an internet phenomenon you may have heard of where, throughout October, artists on social media are challenged to do a new ink drawing every day for entire month and post it on Twitter, Instagram, etc.. It seemed like a fun way to participate in the online artist community, and I also felt I could use it as an opportunity to practice diversifying my character design.  To force myself to really branch out to different body shapes, hair styles, heights, ages, etc., I thought it would be fun if each human character I designed corresponded to a different dog breed. I didn’t manage to meet the challenge of drawing a new couple every single day, but at the end, I did have quite the collection of dog-owner pairings. They all had the same style and theme so I thought to myself, “how can I tie these together a little more as a series?” I decided the best way would be just to write a fairly loose narrative where these were all just people and their dogs that a narrator was seeing on a walk.

Funnily enough, at the time, I didn’t own a dog myself. Just a cat. However, I had recently married into a family that I dare say are dog-obsessed.  Various members work in veterinary clinics, doggy daycares, and dog rescues and as pet sitters and puppy foster parents (sometimes doing several of those things simultaneously while owning their own dogs). Because of this, although I do love dogs a lot and respect the different individual bonds they each share with their owners, a little rebellious part of me still felt defensive of how much I loved my fat, old cat.  That’s where the twist ending came in.  I couldn’t make myself write a straightforward tribute to dog ownership without also giving a nod to my fellow cat-owners out there.

The whole story was just something silly I did for fun, and I wasn’t planning on doing anything with it. My mom saw it though and ended up absolutely loving it. She was pretty insistent that I show it to my agent and try to have it published. I owe her so much gratitude for seeing more in this little story than even I could at first.  My agent ended up loving it too as did the people at Page Street Kids, and, with their help, I was able to refine Dogs and their People, words and art, into something suitable for publication.

Also in the midst of the revising process, I got a dog of my own. Her name is Eevee and she is a rescue that we believe to be part golden lab, part chow chow.  I have fallen in love with her completely, and I am very happy to say that I was able to sneak both her and my cat, Fitzgerald, into the final version of the book. I hope my love for both of them (and for dogs and cats in general) comes through in this story and resonates with all the pet owners out there who end up reading it!

Anne Lambelet lives in Philadelphia with her adorable dog and equally adorable cat. She earned her illustration degree from the University of the Arts, where she received many awards in student competitions. She has illustrated one educational picture book, Get to Know Your Parks / Conozca sus Parques, and several middle-grade fiction covers. Her first book as an author-illustrator was Maria the Matador (Page Street Kids, Winter 2019).

Anne, thank you for sharing your book and its’ journey with all of us. You have given us another fun written and illustrated book. I bet we will see more from you at Page Street Kids. Good luck with the book! Look for Anne on Illustrator Saturday soon.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Love the artwork!!!

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  2. Adorable! Congratulations!

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  3. I also tweeted the post and shared on Facebook.

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  4. Love it! The illustrations are wonderful and what text I can read is great! Can’t wait to read it. Congratulations! Sharing on Twitter.

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  5. I love the artwork, too!

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  6. I absolutely LOVE this idea… and the illustrations are gorgeous!! As a dog (AND cat) person myself, this one looks like a winner to me!

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  7. The illustrations are fantastic. Really different and catchy.

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  8. What a fun book and such unique illustrations! I’d love to have a copy!!
    My Twitter feed is down but I did in an image on Pinterest with a link: https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/336573772150915250/
    Thanks for the chance to win!! Have a great day everyone!

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  9. Sigh. Another book I wish I’d thought to write. How clever! Shared on pinterest, twitter and FB.

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  10. As a dog lover, rescuer, and writer, this book has been on my radar as soon as I heard about it! Can’t wait to grab a copy…and kudos on your new rescue pooch:-)

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  11. I just love Anne’s illustrations. This book looks so sophisticated and modern. And it’s wonderful that it will appeal to dog lovers and cat lovers too. I think everyone is going to be watching Anne’s career skyrocket! (Maria the Matador is also one of my new favorites!)

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  12. This is amazing! I love how the emphasis is on dogs. And of course, children will be engaged by this 🙂

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  13. Can’t wait to see this new picture book – and discover the twist at the end.

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  14. Wonderful illustrations and a story about dogs…and a cat is surely a winner!

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  15. I love the illustrations. Having owned both, I am currently a two cat family. But enjoy playing with friends dogs. Can’t wait to read this one. Shared on Twitter & FB.

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  16. Congratulations, Anne. As both a dog and a cat lover, I’m looking forward to reading this one!

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  17. Very cute premise! Congrats!

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  18. Great idea. Thanks.

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  19. Oh, I absolutely love the idea of not only people watching, but watching dogs with their people. And to be able to write as well as illustrate it yourself? Wow!
    Wonderful. Congrats, Anne. And thanks for bringing it to us, Kathy.

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  20. My son keeps asking for a puppy. He will like this one. Congratulations!

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  21. This book sounds fabulous and I love how it came about. Can’t wait to read it. Shared on Twitter as well from @StephMWard. Thx!

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  22. I grew up with dogs and now have a loveable rescue dog who fancies himself a human baby. Max loves laying on his back in my arms to receive tummy rubs. So, naturally loving dogs as much as I do, I’m overly excited to share your book with Max, who also loves having stores read aloud.

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  23. As a dog lover and people/dog watcher this is a book I’m looking forward to reading.

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  24. This book looks like a blast!

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