Jacky and David and their two children live in the town of Rosendale, in a little blue house high in the trees on top of a terribly steep and twisty road. Jacky Davis has had a lot of jobs, most of them in publishing and television, although once she did wear a cowboy hat and sell barbecue sauce. One of her favorite jobs was working The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, where she spent a lot of quality time with the Cat in the Hat.
David Soman comes from a family of artists and did not fall very far from that tree. Having graduated from Berlin College, David leapt at the opportunity to illustrate a children’s book, and thereby spared the island of Nantucket from the continued affliction of his carpentry skills. After illustrating several books, David was offered a teaching position at The School of Visual Arts in New York. Although he still has trouble remembering his students’ names, after 18 years he continues to love teaching. He says, too often and to anyone who will listen, that teaching, like art, is a vocation where you get back as much as you give. Which is a lot like marriage.
One day, when Jacky and David were sitting in their living room and blearily having their morning coffee, their two year old daughter, Lucy (who had been up for hours) cheerily bounced into the room dressed in her rain boots, a tutu, and ladybug wings; Ladybug Girl was born. Together Jacky and David write the stories (Lucy helps) and then David goes off to his studio on a hill to draw pictures. When their second child Sam noticed all the drawings of his “sister” hanging on the wall, he wondered where the drawings him were. Thinking (and drawing) very fast, Bumblebee Boy came into the world.
Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis and David Soman, ilustrated by David Soman. Copyright (c) 2008, 2009, 2010. Used with permission of Grosset & Dunlap and Dial Books for Young Readers, divisions of Penguin Young Readers Group.
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