10 April 2015

{Blog Tour + Guest Post} Izzy & Oscar by Allison Estes & Tracy Dockray

By: Me My Shelf And I | 10 April 2015 at 7:21 AM | | | | | | | |

That's right – Children's Books! MMSAI is adding MMSAI Kids slowly but surely and I'm so excited that the first picture book we get to review is Izzy & Oscar!

About The Book


Story By: Allison Estes & Dan Stark
Illustrations by: Tracy Dockray
Release Date: April 7th, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Octopuses make the best pets! Discover why in this charming picture book from an acclaimed author/illustrator team
Pretend pirate captain Izzy is looking for a pet when an adventurous little octopus squiggles into town. Oscar isn't exactly warm and fuzzy, but Izzy decides to take him home anyway.
Young readers will be tickled by Izzy's attempts to teach Oscar to behave like a dog, a parrot, a pony-and gratified by Izzy's realization that in the end we love others for who they are, not who we want them to be. Besides there's one thing octopuses are really good at...octohugs.

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Guest Post


Five Things I Love About My Job

From Tracy:

Wow, this is a great question and I’ve never really quantified what I like about my job. It’s like asking, list five things you love about ice cream.

But, this is a good exercise since this sort of thing makes us take a good look at why we like something and hopefully we’ll appreciate it even more when we’re done.

1.First off, I think that every child remembers a picture from a story that really means something to them. For me it was Virginia Lee Burton’s Little House squashed between the skyscrapers or the room’s dark forest growing up around Max in the Wild Things. An illustration awakens the imagination and illuminates a story. I loved books so, so much as a child. I truly valued them. I am thrilled that I now get to create something that I held, and still hold, in such high esteem. I get to play a part in creating a book that a parent and their child hold in their laps between them to read as they share a quiet story moment before bedtime. That rocks!

2. I love that I can take a line and bend it, stretch it, twirl it, and squiggle it, and then, poof, I’ve made a scared rabbit leaping, or a naughty squirrel peeping, an octopus splashing or a fast girl dashing. It’s almost like magic. I can take my pencil and create a story that can make someone cry or laugh out loud.

3. I am grateful that I can take what I do best and it is my job. I’m paid to do this everyday! Back in school, I was terrible at math. It was simply torture. I’m so appreciative that there are jobs for people with so many different abilities and that I found one that suited mine. I would starve if I were to be an accountant… all my clients would fire me. Or a chef, but that’s another story.

4. It is always exciting for me with each book I do. I get to help make a 2 dimensional movie that’s sandwiched between to cardboard covers. I get to audition the penciled actors, design their costumes, create the sets for the story and then say, “action!” And the movie comes alive in a child’s mind every time they open that book and read it.

5. I love that after I eat my breakfast, I put on my comfy studio coat and “commute” down the hall to my studio, there are no crowded subway cars or traffic jams to slow me down. When I get to my work space, I’m surrounded by books I love, my comfy chair, my colors and my desk and I then get to go to work. There, no office politics to tie me up, or interrupting cubical mates popping in and out, unless you count the cat that tries to perch. For my coffee break, I take the dog and we sit out on the stoop and wave to the small kids with big backpacks trundling home from school. Then I get up and go back to my desk and go at it again. I had so much fun getting to illustrate “Izzy and Oscar”. Drawing an appealing octopal was a new challenge. I can’t wait to see what I can tackle next. To get to do what I do and call it a job is a miracle.

From Allison: 

The 5 Best Parts of My Job as a Children's Author/Illustrator:

1. I get to be what I always wanted to be when I grew up: an author.

2. I can invent characters based on mean or bad people I know of, and make sure they get their just reward in the story!

3. I love to read aloud to kids, and I get to do that all the time when I visit schools, libraries and book stores.

4. I get to make things turn out however I think they ought to. It's a very powerful position, like being the Magical Queen of All.

5. I get to do what I love for a living, and then send my work out into the world; it keeps working for me out there while at the same time bringing enjoyment and enlightenment (hopefully) to others.


My Review

This book is flat out adorable! From it's bright and happy illustrations, down to the fun pirate-themed story both myself and my Littlest Little loved reading it. In fact, Littlest Little loved it so much we've read it several dozen times together.

A few of Littlest Little's favorite parts are when Izzy takes her pet Octopus, Oscar for a walk and he suctions himself to the Sushi door. That got a boatload of laughs. We alos loved new words, that we use no, like "spoodled". Used in a sentence: "We spoodled out the door".  It's been added in with Allos-y, which the girls pick up from watching Dr. Who.  I love it!!!
This will make a perfect gift for young boys and girls who love to read, or love to be read to!

About The Author & Illustrator

Allison EstesAllison Estes has written more than a dozen books. Izzy & Oscar is her first picture book, and was really different and fun to write! Some of her other books are The Short Stirrup Club series (ten titles) for middle-grade readers, four titles in the Thoroughbred series (fun because she got to start over in #24 with all new characters), and Paw & Order: Dramatic Investigations by an Animal Cop on the Beat, which is an adult book but fine for animal lovers of all ages and full of happy endings.

After 29 years in New York City, Allison recently moved back to her home town, Oxford, Mississippi. She lives in the country with her son, two grandparents, two dogs, and two horses. Right now, when she isn’t busy cooking supper, taking care of dogs and horses, teaching writing workshops and driving to soccer, she is working on another picture book, another adult book, and more happy endings.

Tracy Dockray cover picture_credit Michael BenabibTracy Dockray grew up on the plains of West Texas with a love of books and innumerable pets. She moved to New York where she studied fine art and acquired several old motorcycles. Her career veered from sculpture to puppet making to murals and finally to children’s books. She is ecstatic to have illustrated 30 books including two that she wrote herself.

Tracy now lives in a creaky, cavernous brownstone in Greenwich Village, with a hairless cat, 2 fuzzy dogs, two children and a very tolerant husband. She is thrilled to have been able to illustrate Mrs. Cleary’s Ramona series and The Mouse and the Motorcycle series since she has a soft spot for them both. Although Tracy studied Fine Arts in school, she has come to the happy conclusion that drawing pictures for children’s books is the finest art she knows.

Social Media

Website: http://www.tracydockray.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tracy.d.rudd

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sourcebooks/izzy-oscar/

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