Monday, July 12, 2010

Somebody Cared for a Flower

Just finished illustrating a 12-page early reader for Scholastic Education called Somebody Cared for a Flower by Laura Peetoom. It is a really well-crafted story told in very simple words about the gradual transformation of a drab vacant lot to a beautiful community garden.

Fortunately I'd been a volunteer in the Blooming Boulevards community garden project in the Dickens Community and had also worked for eight years at the UBC Botanical Gardens so knew a little bit about that process and the kinds of plants you might see in a community plot.

This was a work-for-hire project which means you are paid a flat fee instead receiving an advance against sales followed by royalties if you earn out your advance. It's a good way of earning a fast chunk of money if you can work within the the tight schedule. It's the 2nd reader I've done for Scholastic.

I haven't heard yet when they expect the book to come out but it will only be offered to schools in packs of six for the classroom.

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