Sunday, October 6, 2013

"Blucy: The Blue Cat" by Julia Dweck and illustrated by Erika LeBarre

Blucy: The Blue Cat
by Julia Dweck and
illustrated by Erika LeBarre

Blucy is a picture book written by Julia Dweck and illustrated by Erica LeBarre. You can read my 5-BD review below. I'd give it more if I could!

Once in a blue moon, a special pet comes along.
When Mandy adopts the best cat at the shelter, she doesn't realize it has a big secret and an even bigger personality.
Features full screen images and pop-up text.

If Lucy got excited or she felt some sudden mood,
The fur upon her body changed to match her attitude.
So Mandy named her "Blucy," as it seemed the thing to do.
Since Blucy was the only cat whose color changed to blue.

Book Trailer


By Lynda Dickson
Wow! This is the way all ebook picture books should be: full-page color illustrations with superimposed text.
Mandy chooses her new pet cat, Lucy, but soon nicknames her Blucy, short for Blue Lucy. You can see why from the excerpt above. Blucy is a finicky, mischievous cat, but which cat isn't?
Julia's rhyming text is fun and not too simple, challenging enough to keep young children coming back time and time again. Erika's delightful illustrations virtually leap off the page, further bringing Julia's words to life. The book includes a page of fun cat facts and a picture puzzle at the end.
Absolutely brilliant.

About the Author
Julia Dweck writes children's stories for digital and traditional publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy, and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. Check out her newest ebook, Blucy, a colorful romp and rhyming cat tale. Fun cat facts and a Blucy activity are included in this playful adventure.
Julia's background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read and what makes them giggle. She's collaborated with leading artists in the world of children's literature to produce over twenty Amazon ebooks. Her titles have garnered placement on Amazon's bestsellers in children's color picture books multiple times with two #1 bestsellers: Pie-Rits and Zombie-Kids. These titles have been chosen by Amazon Editors for the prestigious "Kindle Daily Deal." Many of Julia's titles have earned placement on Amazon's top ranked lists based on customer review. In her spare time, Julia is a designer of educational adjuncts for children's literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers. She presented at the 2011 National Center for Family Literacy for her creative use of technology in the classroom. 

About the Illustrator
Erika LeBarre has always been exposed ot art one way or another as she grew up. Her father worked as a car designer for the big three, and her mother was a ceramicist. Erika's parents always encouraged her creative side. Drawing was her favorite thing to do. Erika graduated from the College for Creative Studies with a BFA in illustration. Initially she worked at an art studio with other illustrators an designers for several years. Since then she has worked on her own for a variety of clients and projects such as product/packaging labels, posters, point of purchase, signage, direct mail, magazine ads, editorial, greeting cards, grade school textbooks, ebooks, websites, textiles, logos, and ever character development.
Erika's working techniques are both traditional and digital including pastels, acrylics, Photoshop, and vector-based illustrations using Illustrator. She creates illustrations using textures, smooth gradations and intense color that can create a look that is anywhere from stylized, whimsical, editorial, conceptual and graphic line/flat color to somewhat realistic with a twist of fantasy. 

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