TITLE: Pegperson Pat
RELEASE DATE: July 2017
AUTHOR: John Fredericks
CATEGORIES: Children’s Book/Adventure/Toys
PAGE COUNT: 38
KEYWORDS: children’s, superheroes, elementary, preschool, kindergarten, making friends, imagination
Pegperson Pat is a little toy trying to fit in with his superhero neighbors.
Pegperson Pat is excited to meet the new people.
That's because they're SUPERHEROES (accessories included)!
Will Pat be able to fit in with his super new neighbors? Join Pat, Tractor, Captain Bulky, Hyperstar and WebbyWolf to find out.
PEGPERSON PAT AND MY CREATIVE PROCESS:
My name is John Fredericks and I’m the author and illustrator of PEGPERSON PAT. It’s a book for young people and their parents who remember their childhood toys. Many of us played with pegpeople and egg-people as children. They were so simple, and it was easy to see ourselves in their tiny faces. In this article, I’ll talk a little about the book, and also my own creative process.
In this book, I wanted to provide a main character readers could identify with in the same way. Like Pat, we all have these routines we enjoy. However, secretly, we suspect that other people are having a much better time: that we’re just stuck in some rut. That’s where the superheroes in the story come in. Pat is convinced that he has to be just like them and play their games their way. In his mind, that’s the ONLY way he can have a great life. However, he eventually finds that’s not the case.
My writing and drawing process differs depending on whether I’m the author or not. For example, I’m also the illustrator for the PRINCIPAL SAM books, written by Paul Semendinger. When I’m the illustrator, I work from a complete manuscript. We can make some changes in the process, but I need to have the book in an almost-final form or the artwork would never get done. Also, I’m trying to bring the author’s vision to the page, not my own. That’s not a bad thing, just different. For example, I’ll send Paul five or six sketches for major characters, and he almost never picks my favorite. That’s okay: it’s his book and we go with it.
In my own writing, I bounce back and forth between writing and drawing. I’ll usually write a script, revise it a few times, then sketch some images. As I sketch, I see things that need to be changed or added. After that, I’ll sketch a mockup of the book, adjusting the pacing and page layout. For example, a two page spread has to start on an even page and end on an odd page. The trick is to get all of this worked out in the mockup stage, so that I’m not endlessly redrawing the final artwork.
So that’s a quick look at PEGPERSON PAT and my creative process. Thanks for letting me write this guest post. Anyone can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
John Fredericks has been writing and drawing since he could hold a pencil. (His mom's still mad about that wallpaper in Pottsville.) Also, he’s the illustrator of the PRINCIPAL SAM series of children’s books, also available through Ravenswood. He works as a teacher, and lives with his family in Pennsylvania. You can follow him on Twitter @sketchingjohn and www.sketchingjohn.weebly.com.
BUY LINKS:AMAZON US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0742N7YC7
AMAZON UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0742N7YC7
AMAZON CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0742N7YC7
BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pegperson-pat-john-fredericks/1126853350?ean=9781973757337
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