This is the most exciting day of my ENTIRE LIFE. Okay. Maybe not. But it is pretty snazzy. For realz. Why? Because I am revealing my *top secret* project to you glorious virtual friends! Woah! How exciting! I KNOW! So. ARE YOU READY FOR IT? If my life was theatre, this is where we cue the lights, insert dramatic music, and the audience would collectively *gasp*! So, let's just pretend that all happened and you're all sitting in suspense and...
Voila! Penelope Pickerman and her Marvelous Mind! My new children's book!
YAY! I AM SO EXCITED. I've always been a children's book junkie. I think they're magical! And so, "illustrate a children's book" was added on my life's bucket list long, long ago. With a chunk of time this summer, home at last in my small, boring town, I thought to myself, "Lexy. Just DO it." And so Penelope Pickerman's world was realized and colourized and brought to life! I've spent dozens of hours working on this, and I'm really happy to share a sneak peek of it with you all! Everything is very "me" - the story, the drawings - so it feels marvelous! Keep on reading for a mini-blurb of Penelope Pickerman's kooky world and a sneak peek of some of my original watercolour and pen & ink illustrations accompanying the tale!
"Penelope Pickerman has a marvelous mind and everyone knows it - she’s always being told to “get out of her imagination”! But she can’t help it! She likes being up in the clouds with rainbows and gremlins and magic. Much better than reality with Mr. Bland’s boring math problems or Suzie’s dull boy troubles. So, up in the clouds it is! Until, one day, an exotic creature arrives, sending Penelope right back down to reality - butterflies, bow ties, and all! Soon, Penelope is writing in cursive and borrowing and dividing like the others. No... It couldn’t be... Could it? Is Penelope’s marvelous mind gone for good?
Told with humor and rhyme, Penelope Pickerman and her Marvelous Mind is a whimsical tale about the beauty of imagination. Each book is hand-bound and features 20 original illustrations. This is a tale for all ages, so buckle up, find your inner child and let’s go on a rainbow ride!"
But Mr. Bland interrupted, “Penelope, Penelope! Now where is your head?”
“Off to magical waters where butterflies have fled!”
Mr. Bland rolled his droopy, bland eyes and started to scold.
So Penelope turned off her thoughts and did as she was told.
- Penelope Pickerman and her Marvelous Mind, page 3
And bam! There's a taste of Penelope Pickerman's world! The book itself features 20 original pen & ink illustrations and it is all hand-bounded by my own, bare hands. I am really happy with it and I think that you would be too! So, hey! Purchase it? It's $28 Canadian (not incl. shipping). I know that it is a little pricey, but that is because production cost is ridiculously high! (It works out that I'm making less than minimum wage with each book that I sell...) So your support would be greatly appreciated! Everything is made with almost too much love! I ship internationally! Even if you don't buy it, if you could blog it, tumblr it, tweet it, instagram it (I don't do any of these things, so pardon the un-tech-savvy terminology), I would seriously still send you infinite amounts of virtual love. You can find a more "official" (i.e. what I'm obnoxiously re-posting and re-posting on my Facebook! hehe) right here.
Thank you so much for your time! You all rock. Have the most beautiful day.
P.S. If you're interested in purchasing a copy of your own, or if you have any questions or feedback, please shoot me an email - firstname.lastname@example.org. I really would love to hear from you! Sending rainbows your way!