Hello, Great Readers of our series! Just In case you haven’t visited before, let me tell you a little about A Great Nephew and A Great Aunt. My great nephew, Landon (a sixth-grader) and I (his great aunt) collaborate. I write a poem which he illustrates. We started this collaboration in the fall of 2014 and have had so much fun with it that we decided to invite others along. Landon and I will continue to have a new episode on the second Friday of each month. The other Fridays are filling up quickly with guests.
I have created a page on my website to view all the episodes of A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt. Click HERE to visit the page and enjoy past episodes.
Today it’s my pleasure to share a creative collaboration from . . .
Maria Gianferrari and her daughter, Anya
From Maria: Anya made me these polymer clay figurines for Christmas for my upcoming book, Officer Katz and Houndini: A Tale of Two Tails. It was by far my favorite present! I love the way she teases the characters’s shapes from the clay. She has an uncanny way of making the two dimensional, three dimensional in clay—their expressions, the textural details such as the braid in Katz’s lasso, and the stripes in Houndini’s vest. She’s also made a bunch of other figurines, some of which are based on characters for my as yet unpublished picture books, Rose-bot and Hermit Crab.
Many thanks to Maria and Anya for sharing their talents with us today 🙂
Meet Anya: Anya’s a German-speaking artist, animal-lover, hair stylist and baker/decorator/eater of cupcakes, currently in 8th grade.
Meet Maria: Maria’s not an artist, but she is an animal lover and an occasional eater of cupcakes. Sehr lecker. And a speaker of German too. Maria has three titles releasing this year, a second Penny & Jelly book, Penny & Jelly Slumber Under the Stars, illustrated by Thyra Heder (HMH/June); her nonfiction debut, Coyote Moon, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (Roaring Brook/July) andOfficer Katz and Houndini: A Tale of Two Tales, illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou (Aladdin/October). To learn more about Maria, please visit her website: mariagianferrari.com, or say hello on Facebook or Instagram #pennyandjelly.