Sonya's Chickens

In the studio lately...

Lots has been happening around here in the last few weeks! 

  • I am VERY excited to announce that I am now represented by Jennifer Laughran, of Andrea Brown Literary Agency!!! I'm over the moon about having Jennifer as my agent, and can't wait to see what projects we will work on together. 
  • I spent the last week of October in New York City, catching up with friends and illustrators, eating 5/$1 dumplings, going to museums and seeing a spread from Sonya's Chickens displayed at the Society of Illustrators in their Original Art show, which celebrated the best children's books of 2015! What an honor to be chosen and shown alongside some of the most amazing illustrators alive today! 
  • I chatted recently with Karen Santhanum of the Storybook Spotlight podcast about my book, Sonya's Chickens and more! Thank you so much to Karen for having me!
  • My GRAY AREA zine is now available on Etsy, as well as Best Be Bernie shirts in a new color way, and more! 
Dasha Tolstikova's  drawings in her studio.

Dasha Tolstikova's drawings in her studio.

Sonya's Chickens  at the Society of Illustrators Original Art exhibition! 

Sonya's Chickens at the Society of Illustrators Original Art exhibition! 

My table at  Short Run Comix & Arts Festival  in Seattle, WA

My table at Short Run Comix & Arts Festival in Seattle, WA

With friend & fellow illustrator  Esme Shapiro ! 

With friend & fellow illustrator Esme Shapiro

GRAY AREA now available, along with  Backyard Fairies  &  Warped  on  Etsy .

GRAY AREA now available, along with Backyard Fairies & Warped on Etsy.

Best Be Bernie  shirts in a new color way are now available on  Etsy ! 

Best Be Bernie shirts in a new color way are now available on Etsy

Also... my illustrated 2016 Taproot Calendar is

NOW AVAILABLE

Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

You can find it HERE in Taproot's online shop. Also this year, Taproot created a 2016 Agenda featuring my illustrations! Stay tuned for posts of the individual illustrations that appear throughout the calendar. 

Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

Image courtesy of Taproot magazine

SAVE THE DATES!

OCTOBER 1st--15th: My Etsy shop opens for a two week pop-up apparel & accessory pre-sale! All items will be made to order and ship out after my shop officially on Nov. 1st. 

OCTOBER 4th: I will be at Green Bean Books in Portland, Oregon! This is the re-schedule of my event that had to be cancelled in August. I'll be reading Sonya's Chickens and signing books at Green Bean on NE Alberta St. at 11am! I hope to see you there. 

OCTOBER 31st: I'll be tabling at SHORT RUN Comix & Arts Festival in Seattle, WA. Saturday, October 31st 11am-6pm at the Fisher Pavillion at Seattle Center. I'll have zines, cards, feminism duds, signed copies of my book & more!!! Come say hi and show me your Halloween costumes! 

NOVEMBER 1st--DECEMBER 15th: My Etsy shop OFFICIALLY re-opens with full inventory (and more will begradually added throughout!)

Sonya's Chickens!

My book, Sonya's Chickens is now available!!!

"Sonya is bereft when a fox takes one of the three chickens she’s cared for like a mother, but her papa comforts her with the idea that the fox is also trying to feed his family. Her family acknowledges Sonya’s grief with a small ceremony, and the child and her chickens move on. There’s an old-fashioned feel to this simple story and its timeless illustrations, created with watercolor, collage, and colored pencil and reminiscent of Goodnight Moon in mood, design, and palette. Inside, Sonya’s house is cozy and dark. In contrast, the world outside shines white, as background to text, with vignettes or a frame or portion of the opposite image spilling across the gutter. A warm scene of Sonya’s mixed-race family having dinner together is mirrored later on by one with the fox curled up with its kits, each family shown opposite a page with an egg-shaped text frame. Both words and illustrations emphasize comfort and the security a family can provide. But this is also a realistic description of chicken care, including preparing, cleaning, and repairing the coop, feeding the chickens, and making sure they have water and fresh straw—even finding eggs. A reassuring story about death in the natural world, thoughtfully designed and illustrated. " Kirkus Reviews

You can purchase Sonya's Chickens at your local bookstore, and also online at Powell's, The Strand, and Amazon

Julie Danielson, of Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast featured my book on her Kirkus blog today! Thank you so much Julie! 

I am also very excited to announce that Sonya's Chickens was selected to be in the Society of Illustrators New York's annual Original Art Exhibition! More info HERE

My launch at my local bookstore, Village Books in Bellingham, WA was a booming success! I had a wonderful time. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support me! Village Books sold out of my book very quickly, but more are on their way! And I'll be signing the whole lot when they arrive. My event at Green Bean Books in Portland, Oregon unfortunately had to be cancelled due to a medical emergency, but I WILL be rescheduling for sometime this fall! The next event I have scheduled is at Longfellow Books in Portand, Maine on September 17th at 6pm! 

On display at  Green Bean Books  in Portland. 

On display at Green Bean Books in Portland. 

My dear friends & amazing illustrators  Sarah Green  (L) and  Esme Shapiro  (R) with their copies at  The Strand in NYC ! 

My dear friends & amazing illustrators Sarah Green (L) and Esme Shapiro (R) with their copies at The Strand in NYC

Coming in August...

I was excited last week to receive my advance copy of my book, Sonya's Chickens which is coming out August 11th, 2015! Working with Tundra Books on Sonya has been such a wonderful experience, August can't come soon enough! I will have lots more info soon about events relating to the release of the book. 

Although you CAN pre-order Sonya's Chickens on Amazon I would encourage you to be in touch with your local bookstore instead about pre-ordering, or add it to your wishlist on Powells.com