Cleveland came and went. Chicago bean there… Done that. Seriously, had a wonderful few days in Chi town. Had forgotten what a remarkable museum the Chicago Institute of Art is. Already in Des Moines… Omaha and Sioux Falls here we come… Continue reading
Sadly my very last day as a New Yorker was overcast and rainy. Not a particularly great day to shoot photos. However I particularly liked this image of lower Fifth Avenue looking up at the Empire State Building in black & white… Tomorrow, we will buzz through New York State, Pennsylvania, and Ohio — here we gooooooo!
SPECIAL THANKS TO
IN EVERY Zach, Zoey and Pilot book, the twins and their trusty canine companion inevitably embark on a fantastical journey to real places both near and far from their home just outside New York City. The inspiration for all of ZZP’s adventures, though, come from actual treks make by yours truly, who started traveling at a relatively early age and has had wanderlust in his heart ever since.
During my lifetime of traversing this nation (as well as making frequent exotic jaunts much farther afield), I’ve managed to visit 38 U.S. states. My goal, of course, is to see all 50 — an ambition I suspect Zach, Zoey and Pilot will share in the future.
The United States is a remarkably diverse place, both geographically and culturally. And while international locales often appear more romantic and picturesque, the U.S. offers plenty of its own unique charms, from world capitals such as New York and San Francisco to nameless one-street towns seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Continue reading
“No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.”
― L. Frank Baum, The Lost Princess of Oz
Zach, Zoey and Pilot now find themselves is great company at one of our favorite book stores — BookCourt, located in the historic Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn.
It was with deep sadness that, like the rest of the world, I learned of Dr. Maya Angelou’s passing last week. I mourn, as do many. However, her life was an exceptional one (to say the least). And while she is gone, thankfully her wisdom will live on for generations to come.
There are two rather grown-up quotes found in The Adventures of Zach & Zoey, one, a universal message of love and profoundly simple observation, from Dr. Angelou can be found on the dedication page. She was a sage for the ages. She will be missed. – Sig
THE RULE OF THUMB when building out a picture book–based brand such as ZZP — or so I’ve been told — is book first (done), calendar second and plush (a.k.a. stuffed animal) third, with everything else, including more books, to follow.
I’m not a big calendar fan, though, so we decided to go for the plush second. If things go right, it seems that a coloring book will be third, and then all the rest. Continue reading
MY MOTHER WAS obsessed with all things French, the art and language in particular. I wouldn’t call her a Francophile, necessarily, but the word probably isn’t too far off.
When I was in middle school — rather late in the game to be introduced to a foreign language, in my opinion — and it came time for me to pick a second tongue, one that I’d study through college, I wanted to take Spanish. It seemed the most practical, given that I was growing up in Los Angeles and was spoken all around me.
Preteen boys aren’t typically known for their pragmatism, so I was proud of my choice. But my mother vetoed it and insisted I take French, which my sister, Shana, would also learn (and excel at beyond me). Continue reading
AS WITH MOST interpersonal rapports, my friendship and collaboration with Patrick ebbs and flows. At times we engage in a great flurry of communication and activity; during others we scarcely interact. There are even instances when we disagree, though thankfully they’re quite rare.
What’s unique, or at least curious, is that for such a close partnership ours is almost exclusively virtual. In the beginning, when we worked on magazines together, we corresponded via fax. Today, with Zach, Zoey and Pilot, we stay in touch via e-mail, and Skype maybe once or twice a year.
The last time I saw Patrick in person was over eight years ago — January 2006 — while visiting Belgium, where he and his family live. So it was a rare treat indeed to meet up with him in Italy in late March for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair to present and celebrate The Adventures of Zach & Zoey. Continue reading