Friday, February 4, 2011

New Book Release Coming Soon

©2011 Deborah Melmon

Wednesday was a special day for me. I got a most gracious email from the authors of a book that I illustrated last Spring called Labracadabra. Published by Viking, it will be released on April 14th and is currently listed on Amazon. One of the hardest parts of being an illustrator is waiting, waiting, waiting to see your work in print! Now that I've seen the cover of the book online, and have connected with the authors, my excitement level is soaring.

Labracadabra is such a funny and creative story about a dog and a young boy who thinks that the mutt who was brought home by his parents from the dog pound, just might have some sort of magical powers. It's a story about love and trust and not always getting exactly what you want, but rather getting just what you need.

The authors, Jessie Nelson and Linda Leigh Hopkins, are extraordinary writers, with a long list of screenwriting, acting, directing and movie producing credits under their collective belts. Any of these movies ring a bell? Fred Claus, Because I Said So, I am Sam, The Story of Us, Stepmom, Corrina, Corrina.....well, I could go on and on.

I am so excited to have been a part of this project. Can't wait to finally have the finished book in my hands and on my bookshelf and share it with all you PBJ followers. A book giveaway is in order for sure!


Phyllis Harris said...

Oh my!! I LOVE your cover and I LOVE how you draw dogs so how could I not love this book! A BIG congratulations! I also adore your bunny hugging the book! You are amazing, Deb!

Laura Zarrin said...

This looks like a great book!!!! I can't wait to see it. I agree with Phyllis—I love your dog illos!

Deb said...

Oh thank you Phyliis and Laura! This was one of those projects where I just happened to be at the right place at the right time. But I sure do love projects with a dog in it :)

Ride Operator said...

So excited to buy a copy of Labracadabra! Congratulations! It's going to be a big hit!

Christie Wright Wild said...

Congratulations! I love the title. Very clever. So clever it seems like it should have been published before. It probably will be a big hit!

roz said...

YAY YAY YAY!!! It looks so adorable, DEB!!! We are going to have so much fun celebrating the arrival of it with you. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Alicia Padrón said...

Wooohooo!! I can't wait to get my own copy!!! You are SO perfect for this book!! You rock MacDebbie!

And of course we will have a party celebration week girl!! It will be Labracagreat! ;o)!

Hardygirl said...

What an adorable looking (and sounding) book!! A must-have, for sure.

I'm working on a book for Viking now (my very first ever!) and am loving the process. I can't imagine how it will feel to hold the real thing.


Deb said...

Thanks everyone for your encouraging comments! It is a very creative title for a book, for sure.

Good luck Sarah with your first book, too. How exciting!