Monsieur Pierre Partied in Sausalito!

Monsieur Pierre hosted a wonderful kid’s book party this past Sunday at Book Passage By-The-Bay in Sausalito. The bookstore was packed!  Here’s a look at all the fun…  

Anne Dana
Goldilocks and the 3 Sketchbooks

I’m a fickle lover. One day I’m passionately in love with the one right in front of me. The next day, I’m on to a new one. I’m talking about sketchbooks of course.  As evidenced by this photo, I’ve tried a lot of different kinds over the years.

Anne Dana
Turning the Camera on……US!

An octopus with a camera?!?!  In last week’s post, I mentioned one of my favorite documentary videos about octopuses.  While there are many good videos available online depicting just how truly amazing octopuses are, the videos I referenced all had one thing in common. They were all made by humans studying octopuses.  What fun to discover that sometimes octopuses turn the cameras on us!  

Anne Dana
Stromboli Octopus

“Stromboli octopus” sounds like a dish one might find in an Italian restaurant. Actually, it’s one of my favorite videos about octopuses (or “octopi” if you prefer). Doesn’t everyone have a favorite octopus video? 

Anne Dana
The Day I Stopped Being A Cannibal

It finally came to a head in seafood restaurant in Naples, Italy. I was seated at a lovely table in the cobble-stoned square alongside the imposing Castel Dell Ovo. This was the start of a walking holiday along the Amalfi Coast.  I’d spent the Saturday morning touring the amazing baroque rooms of the Certosa di San Martino overlooking the city and the Bay of Naples.

Anne Dana
Getting to “Cute”

“Your octopus isn’t cute enough. Try making him cuter.” 

Not the words I wanted to hear.  I’d been drawing and revising “Monsieur Pierre,” the main character for my children’s picture book for months. He started out as a long-tentacled, suave, moustachioed creature. Perhaps even rakish.  But he sure wasn’t “cute.” And I was now discovering that “cute” was a better quality for a little octopus adventuring through a big city in a children’s picture book.  

Anne Dana