Ever wonder what it's like to be an author?
Does she write in a quiet corner somewhere? Or someplace loud and busy? Does she have ideas forty times a day? Or does she sometimes get stuck? And how does her dog make her lucky?
New York Times bestselling author Mary Lyn Ray, together with illustrations from Steven Henry (Ella the Elegant Elephant) that are chock full of hidden jokes, answers these questions and more in a story of one writer, her furry friend, and a school visit that brings authors young and old (and dogs!) together.
About the Author
Mary Lyn Ray has written many acclaimed books for children, including New York Times bestseller and ALA Notable Book Stars, illustrated by Marla Frazee; Pumpkins, illustrated by Barry Root; Mud, illustrated by Lauren Stringer; and Go to Sleep, Little Farm, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal. Because she always wanted to be a writer, she says a young reader got it right when he wrote to her, "You are the most hapyest author I ever met." She lives on an old farm in South Danbury, New Hampshire, with her dog, who makes her lucky.
Steven Henry (formerly D'Amico) began drawing dinosaurs and superheroes at the age of five and was the cartoonist for his high school newspaper. He studied art and design at Cornish College of the Arts and eventually became senior art director at Seattle-based Smashing Ideas. He is the illustrator of several children's books, including the award-winning Ella the Elegant Elephant. An animated TV series based on the Ella books premiered in the United States on the Disney Junior channel in 2014.
Praise for Mary Lyn Ray's Stars
*"Ray (Christmas Farm) and Frazee (The Boss Baby), two big talents beating as one, assemble a cast of junior philosophers to help them muse on why stars -- as celestial bodies, as shapes, as symbols, as talismans -- hold so much meaning and mystery for us... while the prevailing tone is contemplative, it's more quirky than languid, capturing the delicious freedom of Ray's mind at play. Her prose wanders in the best sense of the word..." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"Ray's simple ode to stars is an engaging concept book... [Stars] celebrates everyday experiences of children, prompting observation of the world around us, and it's beautifully structured for eliciting children's conversation and response. There are bits of humor and poetry, an engaging cast of players/star watchers, and many possibilities for pairing the book with crafts, activities, and other books, too." -- School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for Mary Lyn Ray's Red Rubber Boot Day
"This exuberantly glowing book will make readers want to go out and slap in some puddles." -- Kirkus Reviews
"A welcome addition for any library... A great choice whether read aloud or alone on a rainy day." -- School Library Journal
Praise for Steven D'Amico's Ella the Elegant Elephant
"[L]ovely, whimsical art, in a soft, rich palette and style that evokes the work of H. A. Rey and recalls Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline..." -- Booklist
Praise for Steven D'Amico's Ella Takes the Cake
*"The pictures evoke both de Brunhoff and Rey, but charming Ella makes the story her own. Especially fine are D'Amico's detailed, richly colored settings, always focused on what kids want to see. This has favorite book potential." -- Booklist, starred review