PIRATES COMING OUT OF A BOOK

This is an image from one of my older books, a rather too complicated story of a grandmother reading a pirate book to her granddaughter before succumbing to alzheimer's disease. It is a wordless book with images of them communicating through the book. With this story line you can see why the book didn't go anywhere. I still quite like the image, and one hopes the saying that nothing is ever wasted is true.

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BUGS ON JASMINE'S WALLS

Bugs on Jasmine's Walls, Illustration by Elizabeth B Martin

Bugs on Jasmine's Walls, Illustration by Elizabeth B Martin

Jasmine’s imaginary friend is a cat called Boo. They both love bugs and decide to decorate the walls of her room with flowers and stick-on bugs.

This seemed to me a fun project that should go in my book. I did receive a rather disconcerting critique informing me that moms would not buy a book encouraging their daughters to paint their walls. I think she might have had a point. What a shame children don’t get to choose their own books as I think they would have agreed with Jasmine that this was a splendid idea.

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IT ISN'T EASY TO FIND A FRIEND WHO LIKES BUGS!

Jasmine, Illustration by Elizabeth B Martin

Jasmine, Illustration by Elizabeth B Martin

In this book, Jasmine and her imaginary cat Boo have just moved. She is about to go to a new school and she is trying to make friends. Ideally, she would like a friend who shares her interest in bugs and would like to look at her bug books.

The interesting fact I learnt after completing the whole book—illustrations and all, is that by the time children go to school they no longer have imaginary friends.

There are a million rules for writing picture books that make getting published unlikely. I became aware of them one at a time and after the fact. I am definitely fully grown but still think an imaginary friend could come in handy.

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