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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Author-Book Profile: Blucy by Julia Dweck

Blucy by Julia Dweck; Illustrated by Erika LeBarre
Xist Publishing, pub date 8/13/2013, #978-1623955397, E-Book, 40p

Once in a blue moon, a special pet comes along...

When Mandy adopts the best cat at the shelter, she doesn’t realize it has a big secret and an even bigger personality. Featuring rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations, this picture book is an adventure for all cat lovers.
Included in this ebook are fun cat facts for kids and several cat themed activity pages.

Key Points:
Author: Julia Dweck is the author of over 20 beloved children’s ebooks and active in the book-blogging community.

Illustrator: Erika LeBarre used chalk pastels to create the dreamy coloring of Blucy and her adventures.

One crazy cat: Blucy connects with children in her picky-eating antics and love for playing hide-and-go-seek.

Pet adoption: On a deeper level, Dweck has created a story that resonates at the heart of pet adoption. Even though Mandy’s adopted pet doesn’t turn out how she expected, Blucy is a greater treasure than she could have ever hoped.

Early Reviewers are Saying...
"Julie Dweck scores another winner with Blucy! This book is beautifully illustrated, features solid rhyming verse, has a most unusual main character in Blucy the cat, and will surely be loved and appreciated by all cat-lovers.” -Mother Daughter Book Reviews

"The illustrations are absolutely exquisite. I honestly wish I could purchase every one of them to put upon my toddlers walls.” -Julie Ann Grasso

About the Author:
Julia Dweck writes children’s stories for digital and traditional publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy, and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. Julia’s background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read and what makes them giggle. She’s collaborated with leading artists in the world of children’s literature to produce over 20 eBooks. Her titles have garnered placement on Amazon’s bestsellers in children’s color picture books multiple times with two #1 bestsellers: PIE-RITS and Zombie-Kids. Julia’s ebooks have also been featured on Barnes and Noble and the iBookstore. In her spare time, she is a designer of educational adjuncts for children’s literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers. Julia presented at the 2011 National Center for Family Literacy, demonstrating her creative use of technology in the classroom.

About the Illustrator:
Erika LeBarre has always been exposed to art one way or another as she grew up. Her father worked as a car designer for the big three, and her mother is a ceramicist. Erika’s parents always encouraged her creative side. Drawing was her favorite thing to do, especially dinosaurs and monsters as subject matter. Erika graduated from the College for Creative Studies with a BFA in illustration. After graduating, she worked at an art studio with other illustrators and designers for over four years. Since then she has worked as a freelance illustrator out of her home. Her life has come full circle by having the opportunity to teach at the College for Creative Studies.

Connect with Blucy:
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