A box of freshly printed copies of Maestro Stu Saves the Zoo arrived on my doorstep, yesterday. I’m extremely happy with the way this book printed. It has a matte finish dust jacket and the artwork was scanned so that the canvas texture and painted brushstrokes can be seen in just the right amount.
|Stu, dreaming of the place he loved best.|
|Stu has an idea...|
The story is full of animals, from cover to cover. One of the animals, seen throughout the book is a squirrel monkey. My grandfather (Mom’s dad) had a squirrel monkey named Joe-Joe. It was a real treat to visit their house when I was a boy. Each time I painted the monkey in this book, I thought of Joe. I’m also thinking about how childhood memories and experiences seem to weave through our lives in unexpected ways.
Maestro Stu Saves the Zoo by Denise Brennan-Nelson, published by Sleeping Bear Press.
Here’s Denise with a little introduction to the book:
Well, back to the drawing board...