As Consultant on this very special children’s picture book, I edited, project managed, and helped Last Week Tonight with John Oliver usher this amazing story into the world.
You may have heard of the instant bestseller and cultural phenomenon A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, created by HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and published with Chronicle Books. Marlon Bundo is a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny, Wesley. With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this children’s book explores issues of same sex marriage and democracy. Sweet, funny, and beautifully illustrated, this book is dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different. 100% of Last Week Tonight’s proceeds are being donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.
Featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, CNN, BBC, on The Ellen Show, and on Late Night with Seth Meyers, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo sold 180,000 copies within the first three days and shot to the #1 position on Amazon within 12 hours.
The book has spent multiple weeks at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.
New York Times Bestseller!
EQ Explorers series, by Kim Linette
With two books completed and 22 more planned, this is a long-term consulting project with self-publishing author Kim Linette. EQ Explorers is an amazing series of books, each of which introduces children to a valuable principle of emotional intelligence. For these books, I edit the texts, hire and manage artist James Loram, review and comment on sketches and final art, review designed layout passes until they are ready to print, and consult on various other facets of self-publishing a successful book series. The goal is to help my client create books that are high-quality and professional, to stand out from other self-published children's books.
Press Start series, Scholastic US
Press Start is a series of books written and illustrated by Thomas Flintham and published by Scholastic/Branches. I was hired to work as developmental editor on Book #8 in the well-established and best-selling series, and have also been asked to work on Books #9 and #10. These are action-packed, video game-themed books which target a 5 - 7 year old reader. For this series, I do a substantive edit on the manuscript's content and text, review and comment on sketches, and review final art layout passes until the publisher releases them for printing.
Praise for the TIME FOR A... series:
"[A] sweet, brief rhyming tale celebrating hugs at any hour of the day . . . . The pleasingly predictable rhyme will have preschoolers chiming in all the way to the page where the covers are pulled up. Worth a pause and may well inspire a hug or two." — Kirkus Reviews
"The charming, soft-focus illustrations are perfect for the audience, and the simple and rhythmic text invites participation. A nice choice for preschool read-alouds or one-on-one sharing." — School Library Journal
Praise for TEENY and ELWOOD:
"A triumphant reaffirmation of the truth that large hearts can beat in small chests, told in playful verse that gallops along with nary a stumble." — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"The relatively lengthy yet still simple text will keep them interested without unduly challenging their new reading skills . . . Bright, enticing cartoon illustrations and a character many can identify with will hook storytimers and new readers." — Kirkus Reviews
Praise for ALLY-SAURUS:
"The children’s make-believe accouterments create a fun visual effect, delivering bright pops of color against Torrey’s b&w pencil drawings while simultaneously demonstrating the way children’s passions loom large in their lives." — Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)
Praise for CALVIN:
"The irresistible story . . . will put smiles on the faces of readers of all ages . . . The illustrations are wildly original and full of funny details . . . With their stick legs, flat heads and fluffy hair(s), the starlings are endearingly comical. Between its heartwarming (but never treacly) story and quirky illustrations, this tale should be a staple among book-loving families as well as in libraries and elementary classrooms for years to come." — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Regular doses of humor in the text and art happily keep the story from migrating into sentimentality." — Publisher's Weekly