Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Witch's Big Night - a bookwrap

Earlier this week I unwrapped a Christmas book and today I am unwrapping a Hallowe'en book.  Kind of backward thinking, chronologically,  but hey never too early to think about the next big celebratory event in our life, no matter what order it falls in... right?   These exciting, fun days are approaching and we need to be book-prepared.  

 Yes, Hallowe'en will on our doorstep before we know it.  Those little monsters and goblins will be trolling our streets in the dark wanting their bags stuffed to overflowing with candy.  Today's book can get those kids into the "Trick or Treat" spirit and have them anticipating that special night.

Unwrapping some musings by today's author

Sally Huss...

Unwrapping today's book...

Author and illustrator:  Sally Huss

Ages 2-8

Unwrapping some illustrations...

About the book...

"T'was the night of Halloween and all through the house every creature was stirring, even the grouse."

And thus we are plunged into a rhyming book adventure of a certain witch whose plan was to scare the kids silly and hand out not candy... but worms, spiders and smelly old fish to those who came begging for treats.  

Goblins and clowns shrieked and ran for their lives.  Next came a lovely crowned-covered Cinderella with her little prince brother followed by more and more costumed-wonders. Once the kids encounter the witch ... they wildly bolted into the safety of the night. The witch was truly devastated.  What had she done wrong?  Wasn't she nasty and scary enough on this special night set aside just for her?  Halloween night?  

Then a little boy who was  dressed up as skunk came to her door.  He sensed something was amiss with the witch and wondered what her issue was.  She told him she was in a funk because no one had tried to trick her...they only wanted her to give them treats.  She told him:

"I live for Halloween.  It's my one night to shine.  All I've been getting are smiley faces at the door all the time."

"I want to see some threats, some meanness, some spunk."

"Perhaps I could help you out, said the kind little skunk."

Do you think this little skunk can actually trick the witch and change her crankiness into happiness?  Can such a timid little guy go up against a seasoned curmudgeon and win?  What do you think?

The illustrations are whimsical and a treat to behold, trust me I would not trick you on that.  And I know the very best treat of all would be getting the book, curling up in a chair and sharing it with your little one.  

About the author...

An interview: 

“Bright and happy,” “light and whimsical” have been the catch phrases attached to the writing and art of Sally Huss for over 30 years. Sweet images dance across all of Sally’s creations, whether in the form of children’s books, paintings, wallpaper, ceramics, baby bibs, purses, clothing, or her King Features Syndicated newspaper panel “Happy Musings.”
Sally is a graduate of USC with a degree in Fine Art and through the years, has had 26 of her own licensed art galleries throughout the world.

What inspires you to write?
My heart inspires me to write and illustrate. I love doing it; it tickles me. I am hopeful my books do the same for the children who read them and the mothers and fathers who read these stories to their children.

Tell us about your writing process:
I never outline, nor do I make sketches for the illustrations. I just DO IT! Mine is not a mental, thoughtful process. It is more a feeling process — what feels right to me at the moment. I do not dally over an illustration. I create it quickly, spontaneous, even though it is a bit cumbersome — using a rather crude Bamboo tablet and pen. It is not the same as when I draw characters with a brush or pen and ink. However, time is a factor. I have a stack of books to illustrate and a limited number of years left in my life to do them. So, I work quickly without laboring.
As far as the writing goes, I do the same. I think of a subject and write it, mostly seeing it as a little film. I had long ago worked in the film industry so seeing the story as a film comes easily.

For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters speak for themselves. I just listen and write.

What advice would you give other writers?
Keep going! Don’t stop! Don’t try to make it perfect. Do a book, then do another and another. Each one will get better.

How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have published with several regular publishers, however I felt limited as far as the number of books they would do. Now, as a self-published author I can do as many books as I want. Lovely!

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Who knows where it will go. Twenty years ago, who would have thought it possible for a self-published author to become a New York Times best-seller?

What genres do you write?: children’s books

What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print

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