Sneak Peek – Turtles Everywhere!

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Blog friends, take a first look!  Here are some sketches from my latest book project, senior thesis and first collaboration (of hopefully many!) with my madre (author Jennifer A. Ericsson) . . . Turtle and Logger!

Okay, well, the title in progress.  It’s gone from Turtle In Love to Turtle and Logger and the Not-A-Jelly… but we haven’t settled on one that works.  Any suggestions??

The book is an early reader, so with 48 pages, it’s longer than the average picture book, but is still full of easy language and bright pictures on every page.  Think: Henry and Mudge, Frog and Toad, and any book with an “Easy To Read” Level on it.

The story centers on Turtle (name suggestions??), a happy young sea turtle who loves the world around him, especially his dependable rock ledge.  But when he starts running into pieces of litter, and his hungry friend, Logger, almost chokes on one, the two turtles have to find a way to return the things to the land, where they belong!

Right now, I’m deep in sketch phase – I’ve got everything drawn out, but am trying to solve all the “issues” that came up.  My main issues are: 1) trying to get more sea, and less turtles, so that each page is new and exciting, and 2) to rework Logger so that, even though they are similar turtles, they look VERY different from each other.

Well . . . enjoy the sketches, and any help or suggestions would be appreciated!

-ABE

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4 responses to “Sneak Peek – Turtles Everywhere!

  1. terry the turtle??

  2. Matthew Daddona

    That sounds like a cool idea! One thing you could maybe play with is one of the turtle’s shells getting dirtier as the story and the illustrations progress..it may be a design tool that can help with the “theme” or aim of the story…but i don’t know!

  3. I’m obsessed! I cannot WAIT to see the final piece!

  4. walkinginpublic

    Thanks, guys!! 🙂 And love the ideas.

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