Nothing compares to the joy I feel whenever I see photos of children reading my book.
This was taken while watching over Cloe the whole afternoon. She loved reading The Magic Paintbrush so she was so excited when I showed another book that I had written.
I sent a copy of Mud Spots and Candy Sprinkles to my illustrator in the Philippines. She said her two kids were so thrilled to find out that their mom illustrated this book.
Here are the grandkids of my poet friend, Carole. They have just discovered two new favorite bedtime stories.
I couldn't visit Ayla while she was about to go through her first chemo treatment so I sent her a copy of Mud Spot and Candy Sprinkles. I wished I could give her even just a few minutes of happiness through my book.
I didn't get to post any of my craft fairs last year so I decided to make a collage of some of the best shots.
Yesterday was my very first book reading at a school. I was invited by Judie Huegel, one of the mothers, to help celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Day. I was so excited to find out if the kids would love my books.
The 3rd graders (photo on the bottom left) were very responsive. They openly smiled as I read Mud Spots and Candy Sprinklers. One redhead girl secretly pointed out her freckles to me in reference to Molly. That meant a lot! I was happy to know that a kid could relate to my story. I thought I was just going to read one book, but the kids asked me to read The Magic Paintbrush. It was music to my ears hearing them laugh, especially when I read to them that Alexa's painting of a cloud looked like a puddle of cow's poop. This seems to be the funniest part of the book.
The fourth graders (photo on the right) were more reserved, but they were very inquisitive. I was asked again to read The Magic Paintbrush. Obviously, the t-shirt I was wearing with The Magic Paintbrush book cover on it made them curious about the book. During the question and answer portion, my most favorite question was, "Will you write a sequel?" I nodded my head and asked them to tell me what they thought would be a good story for The Magic Paintbrush II.
These were some of the responses:
- Alexa loses Picasso, the magic paintbrush, and finds it in the garbage can.
- There will be a battle between Picasso and an evil paintbrush.
- Picasso gets broken and Alexa finds a way to fix it.
- Somebody steals Picasso.
I told them that I loved the idea of somebody stealing Picasso because that will be the main plot of the second book. Only they know who will steal it from Alexa. ;-)
I was asked if I would come back to share the sequel to them. I happily answered, "Why not?"
One of the priceless gifts I had received was witnessing an 8-year old kid loving my book on Christmas day. Can you tell that she also loves her The Magic Paintbrush necklace? :-)
I enjoyed seeing kids shop for themselves. I sold more books, The Magic Paintbrush notebooks, glow in the dark necklaces, etc. at these two schools - Holy Spirit and Presentation of the Blessed Virgin.
So thrilled to find out this afternoon that
Kathy Uyen Nguyen's book review of The Magic Paintbrush has already been published last Wednesday in Philippine Fiesta, a monthly Filipino-American newspaper based in Sacramento, CA.
Kathy Uyen Nguyen is a yoga teacher and a fellow poet/writer-friend.
To read the full article, please click the link and proceed to page 7.
If I had three wishes, I wouldn't wish for anything else. I already have three big wishes that have come true!
1. love to give and receive
2. familIES and friends
3. knowing what I am passionate about
Free viewing of The Eskalets, my very first children's story which is in dvd format. Creating this dvd made me realize how much I love writing for children.
My # 1 fan and my adorable readers!
Daphne and her friend love their The Magic Paintbrush notebooks and coloring pens.
Custom-made cake, party balloons, dancing, and karaoke. What more can I ask for?
My t-shirt models
This boy tells me that page 3 of The Magic Paintbrush is so funny. - "If she tried to paint the sky, it looked like a blue puddle of cow poop."
A 6-year-old makes herself comfortable as she watches The Eskalets dvd in one of the craft fairs I joined in. Her mom's friend purchased a copy of The Magic Paintbrush so she was able to enjoy it, too. She sat at one corner, not to be interrupted by anyone. :-)
It warmed my heart when we got a text message from this kid's dad that she loved her book. Isn't she so cute? She's even wearing the button pin that I gave her.
It wasn't a very good turn out, but I had a blast with Paul, James, Lorenzo, Dominic, Cami, and most especially Teresa Gutierrez of WKI2 Gallery.
I’m Christine L. Villa, the creative explorer who eats, sleeps, and breathes everything creative from children’s books, Japanese short-form poetry, to arts and crafts.