Monday, February 15, 2016

happy hippo day and hat for illustration friday

The Illustration Friday prompt this week is: hat. I was trying to figure out what to draw for IF while it was snowing today. At that point, it was a light snow, which made me think about people in New York who walk around with umbrellas when it's snowing, which made me think of people trying to share umbrellas ... which ended up with me drawing an elephant and a cow wearing hats and scarves, and sharing an umbrella in the snow:


BTW, did you know today is Hippo Day? Happy Hippo Day! And, as everyone knows, hippos love to wear hats! (I might have made that up, but it could totally be true.) Here are a couple of hippos with hats:


This hippo is celebrating with her birdie friend and a new tattoo!


The hippo on the left has a ship shaped hat. The hippo on the right is jealous. Here's a close up of the hippo's ship hat and the seagull on board, who is also wearing a hat:


Speaking of animals that like to wear hats, did you know that cats like to wear hats? Here's proof:


Did you think I was going to show The Cat In The Hat? Now that I think of it, I did draw a picture of The Cat In The Hat and his brother a while back:


Oh no!  The Cat In The Hat's brother has just eaten the fish! Do you think The Cat In The Hat can save the day? Or do you think the fish will save himself? (I'm betting on the fish.)

Happy Hippos Wearing Hats Day!
(And also not wearing hats.)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

smart gators for Illustration Friday and a recent middle grade read

The Illustration Friday prompt this week is: smart. There's nothing smarter than a swamp full of gators, right?


Shona loves math and dreams in equations. Lilly loves to read, especially about the weather (she wants to be a meteorologist, just in case the groundhogs all disappear*). Boris is a master chef, always taking food to the next level. FYOS (For Your Own Safety), stay away from Boris when he's hungry ... Boris is ALWAYS hungry.

* There used to be groundhogs living near the swamp. Boris claims he doesn't know why there are no more groundhogs in the area. Lilly has doubled her efforts to learn about the weather before the next Groundhog Day rolls around. (Hoping the groundhogs are right about an early spring this year!)

Recent Read** I loved - 
Middle Grade Novel: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste - Are you in the mood for a scary story about spirits that haunt the forest? If so, pick up The Jumbies! Corinne La Mer isn't afraid of anything, not even jumbies. Then she sees yellow eyes that follow her in the forest and a mysterious stranger shows up at her house. Are jumbies real? Are they out to get Corinne and her father? This book will have you flipping pages to find out what happens, but you might not want to read it late at night, especially if you're all alone. Loved this book! Just the right amount of scary, and a really great story.

** Note: Recent = books read the day of, the week before, or within the last year or so, but usually that month. Unless stated otherwise, all books were purchased by me, given to me as gifts by family or friends (not the authors or illustrators), or checked out of the library.