The Three Illustrators – Pilutti, Marcero & Gendron
Deb Pilutti feels lucky to have a job where reading, playing with toys and watching cartoons is considered “research.” Deb has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator, most recently for Oliebollen.com, and now spends her time writing and illustrating for children. Books include: Bear and Squirrel are Friends…Yes, Really!, Ten Rules of Being a Superhero, The Twelve Days of Christmas in Michigan, (illustrator) and The City Kid and the Suburb Kid (Author). Deb lives in Ann Arbor.
Deborah Marcero grew up in Michigan farm country where from a very young age drawing, writing, and reading filled her time. She received a BFA in drawing, printmaking, and photography from the University of Michigan, and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Writing. Deborah’s illustration debut in The Backyard Witch, HarperCollins, released July 2015 and her picture book URSA’S LIGHT, Peter Pauper Press, will be published in Spring 2016.
Cathy Gendron’s passion for making pictures began when she was a little girl and was sparked by an early painting class at the Toledo Museum of Art. With a BFA from Eastern Michigan University and several years as an art director for both the Ann Arbor News and the Detroit Free Press, she has spent the majority of her career as an editorial illustrator for books and magazines and a teacher at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Her latest crazy endeavor has found her designing and painting 4000 square feet of gigantic mural near the corner of Fifth and Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor. “A Nutcracker Comes to America” is her first picture book.
Yes, bears sometimes eat squirrels. But can they still be friends? Find out in this clever picture book that's perfect for preschoolers.
"The other bears said, "Squirrel would make a good midnight snack ""
"Bear said, "Squirrel's my friend. I would never eat a friend.""
But what happens if Bear gets really, really hungry? Squirrel has just the solution This story about the power and bond of friendship will warm the hearts--and tickle the funny bones--of everyone who reads it.
A must-have for newly independent readers and fans of Ivy + Bean and Clementine The first of a new series, starring three young girls and a mysterious visitor who appears exactly when you need her with just the right amount of magic.
Sadie has two best friends: Jess and Maya. But Jess can only take one friend on vacation with her, and Sadie is the one who gets left behind. How will she ever survive the days of loneliness and boredom? But wait . . . what is that in her old playhouse in the backyard? A witch has moved in A kind and funny witch, who's looking for her own two lost friends. Together, Sadie and the witch have a curious adventure, one that makes Sadie see her neighborhood and herself with new eyes. Acclaimed authors Ron Koertge and Christine Heppermann writing together and for younger readers for the first time have created a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. Short chapters, a satisfying mystery, gentle humor, magical dazzle, and adorable black-and-white illustrations throughout by debut artist Deborah Marcero make this an ideal pick for readers of Ivy + Bean, Just Grace, and Kate DiCamillo's novels for younger readers.
Ever wonder how a 19th-century Russian ballet became a 21st-century holiday tradition in America? Follow the story of the three ballet-loving Christensen brothers, who staged America's first full-length production of The Nutcracker in the 1940s.