I’m getting ready to share my story, Dreidel Day coming up Fall, 2018 from Lerners/Kar Ben Publishing.
I made 2 cats and they just love to spin, hop, tumble and have fun with colorful dreidels. These cats can also count from 1-8 and light a menorah. Can you believe it?
To promote my board book, Dreidel Day, Lerners/Kar Ben Publishing coming up Fall, 2018, I recreated my main character as a puppet. She can play with her dreidels and teach you how to count from 1-8. We’ll be telling the story together and having lots of fun.
For my birthday, my sweetheart surprised me with a cake, decorated with characters from my board book, to be published by Schiffer Publishing Fall/ Winter, 2018.
It was so delicious!
I’m really getting into the spirit of promoting Dreidel Day, coming out in Fall, 2018 by Lerners/ Kar Ben Publishing, starring white & brown cats & a bunch of dreidels .
I’ll act up my board book story with two cat puppets & cut-out dreidels.
It’s so humid in NY that my puppet heads need another day to dry before I apply the last layer of papier mache’.
So I started working on the body. I want Cat to be soft & fluffy so when I perform my story in front of kids, they could stroke her & make nicey nice. That will make the kids love her so hopefully, they’ll want to see all the amazing things that she does with her dreidels & even learn to count from 1-8.
Luckily, this is Halloween time & the craft stores are full of amazing fabrics for costumes. I picked white & brown faux furs for my two cats, sewed up the body & stuffed the legs with some cotton.
But the hands have to be very flexible so my fingers could easily manipulate the cat’s paws.
I like to walk around & let the kids shake hands with the puppet. Cat has to be able to wave, Hi & Bye, Bye. She has to be able to blow a kiss & hold the cut up dreidels. That way, he story will come to life & the kids will be engaged. So I chose a softer fabric for the upper paws & my fingers feel nice & comfy in the cat’s paws.
I’m thankful to agent Anna Olswanger http://mswishlist.com/profile/literary-agent/AnnaOlswanger (Who I believe never sleeps…) and just sold two of my board books to Schiffer Publishing http://www.schifferbooks.com
Taking first steps to promote Dreidel Day, coming up Fall, 2018.
It’s a little board book starring 2 cats &lots of dreidels.
So I’m making 2 cat puppets. .
I applied first layer of plaster gauze over inflated balloons and added the ears .
When this dries , I’ll apply 2nd layer.
Can’t wait to paint the cats & add whiskers & eyes .
Can’t wait to act out my story when the book comes out.