The Artist Who Loved Cats: The Inspiring Tale of Theophile Steinlen is a picture book biography of the artist who created the iconic Le Chat Noir cabaret posters. More than that, it is a celebration of art, inspiration, and following your heart to create a life that you love. Art, music, and cats...and a Parisian setting -- need I say more? Oui!
Susan and I have just launched our Kickstarter campaign to indie publish this book, as we did with our other books. This will give everyone a chance to be a patron of the arts, support indie books AND get a copy in advance of its official release date in late Spring 2019.
As usual, we'll have wonderful rewards for all of our Backers, like advance signed copies, signed art prints, school visits and a chance to have your cat featured in one of the illustrations in the book.
To get you inspired and excited about the book, you can download a FREE Black Cat Paper Puppet we created featuring our character Noir. Just click the image below. And don't forget to check out the charming little video we did for the Kickstarter project. More fun with puppets!
Watch the charming little video we did for Our Kickstarter campaign!
Do you have a special cat you'd like immortalized in the book? There's a reward level for that!
A Little Excerpt From The Book...
Meet (Young) Steinlen, Noir, M. Arvieux and Antoinette!
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Little House, Big Heart
The Big Adventures of Tiny House is a story about an old farmhouse that gets recycled into something new: TINY, a little house with a big heart – and WHEELS!
Yes, Tiny may be small, but he lives a BIG life. With the help of Big Truck, he travels thousands of miles across America, seeing the sights and attending the Tiny House Jamboree (yes, that's a real thing - and it's AWESOME!). Along the way, he and Big Truck make lots of new friends -- like Shiny (an Airstream), Waverly (the houseboat) and Buster (a converted school bus).
Come along and get to know Tiny as he explores the country and discovers the true meaning of home. Watch our Kickstarter video below to learn more about what inspired us to write this whimsical and heart-warming book. Thank you!
Excerpt from The Big Adventures of Tiny House
Once there was a farmhouse in a field of hay,
but while it lay sleeping, the acres gave way
to a bustling city whose glistening towers
edged out the farmhouse, the fields and flowers.
Clever hands salvaged the windows and doors,"...with some nails and a saw…
recycled the wood from the walls and the floors.
Hoping to find a more neighborly view,
they picked up those pieces and built something new.
and a hammer with a claw…
A sweet little house, cozy and snug,
with a tiny front porch and a red braided rug,
a tuck-away table and a neat little nook
for writing a letter or reading a book."
LA Times Festival of Books was a Blast!
On April 22 and 23, Susan and I signed and sold books at the wonderful LA Times Festival of Books. We made so many new friends and said hello to lots of our old friends, too.