Great news! Our hardback proof of The Shoebox arrived on Wednesday, and it looks really good! So that was the final print proof. No more changes! And a hardback book? What could be better?!? CluckŸ-BuckŸ!

The video is completely in black-and-white because all of the illustrations are also. We didn’t want to give the impression that anything will be in color, so even the title slide is in black-and-white. (The book jacket does have color.)

We really hope you will enjoy the video!

hardback with matte jacket, paperback with matte cover, 6” x 9,” 50 lb. white paper, 270 pages, 27 chapters with a full-page black-and-white illustration for each chapter

September 30th is the official publication date. Why not sign up for our weekly newsletter for more exciting news?!?

Thanks so much for reading—and watching!

John, Gracie, Bessie, Blanche, Pearl, Emily, and Amelia

One final note…Gracie is doing okay. She has her good days and her not-so-good days. That is, there are some days she relies on me more than on other days.

She and I are working together to get as much of her life down in notebooks while we can, but that does limit how much time we can spend on WordPress and social media.

We really appreciate those of you who have stuck with us even though we are not the best WordPress community members.

20 thoughts on “Illustration Art Video For Our Next Book

    1. Thanks, Cathy. I appreciate that so much.

      I remember what my art teacher in high school told me…”You don’t have to draw every blade of grass.” Well, actually I did because that’s the way chickens see the world. And I drew every raindrop because that’s how chickens feel the world. Hopefully detail will make up for no color.

      I’m also so thankful that our readers said full-page illustrations would be best. Thanks!

      Before I forget, I hope the link for your books I added to this week’s newsletter will lead to some new fans for your own work!

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    1. Thanks! I’ve been featuring other indie authors in the newsletter, and you’ll be in next Friday’s issue. There wasn’t an author photo on your Amazon page, so I used one of you as Father Christmas from your blog. Let me know if that’s not okay. I think the photo will create some interest in you and your work!

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    1. Thanks, George. She had hurt one of her feet, and it did not heal well plus she has a few other things going on. She won’t say whether she had a bad fall from their roosting boards or if it happened when she was trying out a some new ballet jumps. I have to help her down every morning and often have to give her a lift up at the end of the day. I think, like me, she has some arthritis too.

      I appreciate that you asked. In the newsletter, I don’t mention anything about anyone’s health or age because some of our readers share the newsletter with their children and grandchildren.
      It wouldn’t be good for our younger readers to worry about any of their favorite chickens. (Pearl is hugely popular!)

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      1. Absolutely no fun getting old. The last time I had a turtle was when I was twelve. It’s the only pet I ever had who ran away. Strange but true. I guess they only move slowly when you are watching them. We are hoping Texaco will have a happy and long life. Turtles are known for their longevity, I think.

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