Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 26, 2021


Author/Illustrator Lucky Platt has written and Illustrated a new picture book, IMAGINE A WOLF published by Page Street Kids. They have agreed to share a copy with one lucky United States winner.

All you have to do to get in the running is 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 other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Judith and Kendra.

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!


What do you see when you imagine a wolf?
Sharp, pointy teeth?
Big, hungry eyes?
A soft sweater and a friendly smile?

Wait a minute!

The wolf in this story would rather knit than huff, puff, or blow anyone’s house down. But that doesn’t stop the townsfolk from crying wolf anyway. What’s a kind-hearted wolf to do when everyone keeps running and screaming at “Hello?” It’s time to show the world that this wolf is the furthest thing from Big and Bad.

This beautifully illustrated fable engages readers directly, reminding them to challenge expectations.


So much of the fairy tales occupy tired spaces of our world. We need stories of belonging that move us towards each other, not away from each other.

Padraig O Tuama, from a conversation with Krista Tippett/On Being

Origin stories

A few years ago I found myself imagining a Wolf who was suffering unwanted baggage from fairy tale depictions of wolves. I was intrigued with the possibility that this Wolf might actively desire to be viewed differently, and might ask this of readers in a direct way. From my earliest imaginings, Wolf was a beautiful creature in honor of the majestic wild animal, but also a gentle magical creature inhabiting a world somewhere in between a fairy tale setting and a real place. This kind-hearted, generous Wolf (pronouns they/them/their) would ask readers to see them as they are, without preconceived notions.

The book journey begins

As this Wolf character danced around in my imagination, I could hear the beginnings of a story. I always knew Wolf would ask readers in that very first moment to: “Close your eyes and imagine a wolf.” Imagine a Wolf begins on the book’s endpapers, thanks to the brilliance of Page Street Kids founding publisher Kristen Nobles. Kristen is a big part of my book story; she’s the link between the very, very rough dummy book (titled What Big Beautiful Ears You Have) that I brought to an NESCBWI workshop in the fall of 2018, and the book contract that followed about a month later. Serendipity was at play for sure, plus some wild good fortune to be invited to write and illustrate my first book. I fell in love with the art form of a picture book as I was creating Imagine a Wolf. And I learned on the job!

In the thumbnail stage, I heard an interview with Padraig O Tuama, an Irish poet known for his work in conflict resolution. Padraig talks about the experience of being called out and shamed for being gay, and especially the pain of name-calling when the name caller seems to say I know exactly what youre about, without knowing at all. I knew then that Wolf had to be wounded by words.

Wolf emerging

In that magic ‘in-between’ world where the story takes place, Wolf encounters tired old fairy tale prejudices. Wolf is called out publicly, accusingly, and these encounters are visibly hurtful. Wolf also finds their resilient spirit, creates and gives generously, and never lets go of their special connection with the reader. I wrote and illustrated many possible endings for Imagine a Wolf, and even consulted the four children to whom the book is dedicated as I was searching for the story’s resolution. I enjoy the notion that there are many possible endings to a story, and wonder if in this story, the ongoing conversation between Wolf and the reader might be more important than any sequence of events.

I’ve always loved drawing animals, especially from my imagination. Wolf’s predecessors might be the over- life-size bears I’ve painted on canvas, linen and paper for years. I think at some point in the process, the story tells you what the characters and settings need to be made of. For Imagine a Wolf, I knew I wanted to distinguish Wolf, and I chose oil paint because of the weight and presence that material has on the page. I worked with sturdy Arches hot press papers prepared with sizing to keep the oil paint from bleeding through, and I made my colors from dry pigments and a special water-soluble oil medium. I love the messy beautiful surprises of real tangible art materials. There is no ‘undo’ but instead a kind of flow and adapt that allows the medium to have its own voice. Yes, there are hairs of my brushes in Wolf’s fur! There is also colorful pencil dust in the atmosphere of almost every page. For the final endpapers, I treated the paper like scratchboard to create a fuzzy line of yarn.

Wolf in the world

Imagine a Wolf was published by Page Street Kids on January 12. AHHoooOOOO! To celebrate the book (and manage the sadness of not being able to read it in stores and libraries right now), I built the cardboard painted set you see in the picture below so I  can broadcast readings and book talks and other fun activities from inside the book’s pages. Wolf took over my social media feeds to keep that content lively, and the journey continues with the book’s life out in the world. I hope Imagine a Wolf has a beautiful life – I hope it comforts and provokes good conversation, and furthers the truth that creative work can promote healing and resilience.

A special thank you to my husband Jim, a brilliant artist, kindred creative spirit and the love of my life. When we were married in our backyard a couple of months before I started the final art for the book, we knew we were joining forces for creative journeys. I can’t wait to see what’s next!


Author-illustrator Lucky Platt creates children’s picture books, life size bear paintings, mixed media animations, relief prints, paper sculptures and more delights in her lakeside home studio in rural Maine, where she lives with her artist husband and a teenage border terrier. She works with a range of traditional art mediums – oil paint, ink, gouache, graphite, colored pencil – in eclectic combinations.

Lucky has presented art and writing workshops for children and adults through the Maine Crafts Association, Schoodic Arts for All, the Maine Arts Commission, Rockland Public Library and Maine Media Workshops & College (2021). Her stories explore themes of resilience, healing, positive self expression and inclusion. She has shown her work in galleries and non-traditional art spaces in Maine, New York, Pennsylvania and Madrid, Spain.

Lucky studied painting, drawing and printmaking at Vassar College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Complutense City University of Madrid. She is committed to enriching her craft, and has participated in workshops with Maine Women Writers’ Collection, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Farnsworth Art Museum, Society of Visual Storytelling, SCBWI, 12×12 (2021) and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts among others.

In 2020, she left her work as program manager for Maine Crafts Association to become a full time writer and illustrator. Her first picture book, Imagine a Wolf (Page Street Kids) debuts January 12, 2021 and is available almost anywhere books are sold in the US. AHHHooooOOOO!

Lucky is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Project Grant from the Maine Arts Commission (2016, 2020), a two-time recipient of an Anderson Ranch Art Center scholarship (2019, 2020), and a recipient of an Ox-Bow Artists’ Residency scholarship for printmaking (2004).

She is a founding board member of the Unity Public Library (opening 2021) and a proud and active member of the following organizations:

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance

Maine Crafts Association

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Center for Maine Contemporary Art


Pittsfield Public Library

Lucky Thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. I love how you turned the the classic fairytale of the big bad wolf into a story that let us see the world from her point of view. Having the book encourage readers to take a closer look at how labels can obscure the true character underneath is so important. Good luck with the book!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Hey, Kathy, I don’t know if you get return emails, but just wanted to let you know the link for this post is not working. At least not for me. 🙂

    Angie Let’s connect! Writer for Children: SCBWI & 12×12 Twitter


  2. I love the premise of this book -(I wrote a similar one a while back) Congrats and wishing you a ton of success!

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    • Thank you so much Danielle! I would love to read your book, tell me more!


  3. The message of this beautiful book is an important one. Thank you for sharing today and for the chance to win a copy to read, share, and use as mentor text. I shared on tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter:

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    • Danielle, Thank you for your kind words about Imagine a Wolf, and for sharing the blog!


  4. Congratulations Lucky! I love the color palette you chose for the illustrations. What a lovely story, too. I hope kids can learn not to rely on pre-conceived notions of others. Best of luck on your publishing journey!

    Kathy, I shared on twitter and get your blog daily.

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    • Judy, thank you so much for mentioning the palette, I loved creating it, and it happened very early in the book process – way before I was doing any final art. I just had to see it. There’s a post on my instagram feed from Jan 8 were you can see a color plan – I actually wrote out the names of each pencil I planned to use, which makes me sound much more organized than I actually am 😉


  5. Both the illustrations and the text look wonderful. Congratulations on your new book, and thank you for sharing it here!

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    • Thank you so much Linda!


  6. Such a fascinating book journey. I love the images you’ve shared here & the message of Imagine a Wolf. Can’t wait to read it!

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    • Thank you so much for reading and sharing the blog, I would love to hear what you think of the book!

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  7. Congratulations on this book. What a great concept! Will share on PInterest, Twitter, and FB. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thank you so much for sharing the blog Carol!


  8. The story and illustrations are lovely, Lucky. Congratulations on the book!

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    • Thank you!


  9. Ha! Such a cool idea for a book. I’d love to have a copy.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post:, and shared an image on Pinterest with a link as well:
    I also follow your blog daily by email: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com
    Thanks again, hang in there everyone!!


  10. This looks so fun!

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  11. This is such a beautiful and thoughtful book! I can’t wait to read it! I subscribe to your blog, Kathy.

    P.S. I LOVE Maine. My husband’s family hails from there, and we usually visit them every summer.

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    • Thank you so much Jilanne, and I love the Maine connection! I lived in cities almost all of my life except for childhood, and when I came to Maine about 10 years ago, I knew I was home.

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  12. What a fabulous backstory! And a great theme! I am really looking forward to reading this book! Kathy – I subscribe to your blog and tweeted this out 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for reading and sharing the blog!


  13. Congrats on the book, Lucky! Looking forward to reading this. (I’m signed up for the emails as well.)

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    • Thank you so much Susan!


  14. The drawing of the Wolf is PERFECT. I could immediately feel the sadness the wolf was feeling. At the same time, the quirkiness of the wolf is so loving and endearing. Many of us and our children have felt like Wolf. FOR SURE, this will be a book that parents and children turn to time and time again. Congratulations!

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    • I’m so so happy to hear this, it’s so important to me that Wolf is loving and endearing. Thank you so much for reading and sharing!

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      • Your illustrations capture FEELINGS and that is hard to do as an illustrator. I love the one where WOLF is sitting in the chair with legs crossed, so adorable. I want to hug Wolf and I am an adult… so, parents/grandparents reading the book will be moved too. ❤


  15. As someone who always thought wolves got a bum rap in picture books, I’m eager to read your book–bravo! Kathy, I subscribe to your blog.

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    • AHHoooOOOO yes, agree and thank you so much for reading and sharing the blog Nancy


  16. What a beautiful book in both story and illustrations! I love the theme. Congratulations, Lucky Platt! I can’t wait to read Imagine a Wolf.

    Kathy, I subscribe to your blog.

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    • Thank you so much Pamela!


  17. Oh, my. I have to get this book. It sounds just wonderful. I get your blog each day by email.

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    • Thank you Rosi!


  18. I follow this wonderful blog and enjoy the posts everyday.


  19. Your wolf is beautiful. (The sheep and goats are adorable, too.) Thanks for sharing your story. (Kathy, I subscribe to this blog.)

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    • Thank you for reading Janet!


  20. This book looks wonderful. Congrats, Lucky! What a great idea.

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    • Thank you so much Marci!


  21. This looks like a wonderful read aloud! What fun!


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