Archive for March, 2009

Fox Run School Visit

March 14, 2009

Bedtime Stories: Children Draw Cartoons For Pillow Book

Norwalk, CT

Hour Staff Writer


In Renee Lukaniec’s second grade classroom, bubblegum floated out of smokestacks, a snowman waited for a little boy to wake up and play with him and Batman grappled down the side of a train.

The Fox Run Elementary School students spent Thursday afternoon with children’s book illustrator Jamison Odone learning about storybook illustration and how to build upon their emerging writing skills to create a bedtime “pillow book.”

Each child illustrated a page to tell part of the story– a tale about a ride on a train that lasted all day. The pages, made out of flannel and the size and shape of a bed pillow, were compiled into a book that will go in the school library.

Odone drew an illustration for the cover.

“We are creating a world that didn’t exist before,” said Odone, speaking of the imaginative world contained between the covers of the book.

Odone, an illustrator of two published children’s books, visited Fox Run as part of the educational outreach program of the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield.

During his visit, he collaborated with Fox Run art teacher Monica Sprei.

After more than an hour and a half, the project continued to engross the young children who could only pause for a moment to comment on their illustrations.

“These are my friends,” said Dinah Negash, pointing to the smiling faces in the train car that filled her picture. “The train is taking us to New York. And those are birthday cakes coming out of the smokestack.”

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What is he?

March 4, 2009


This is Elvis. Where he come from in my mind–not quite sure. I think his design was inspired by my recent fascination with modern Japanese art and children’s books. I’m working on a small set of stories with him. The first two are completed(and being edited over and over again) and in the doodle stages.  I’ve bound one book dummy for the first story, Elvis and Three Little Ghosts.  Hopefully–Elvis will keep walking around inside of my head so that I can write a bit more.