The Simples Love a Picnic

The Simples Love a Picnic

The Simples Love a Picnic

THE SIMPLES LOVE A PICNIC

The Simples want to go out and have a simple little picnic, but things become horribly complicated: The dog chases after a squirrel, the cat reveals its hiding spot in Lulu’s backpack, there are too many ants and birds, and one food item send the whole park into a tizzy! What will the Simples do?

From the artist and author J. C. Phillipps comes this hilarious little picture book with a big heart to remind us that picnics are just a little about food and a lot about family.

I bet your bottom dollar that if read correctly The Simples Love a Picnic by J.C. Phillipps could be one of those books a classroom of first graders fight to the death to check out from the library. The lie is in its very name: “Simple”. As a quick perusal shows, what Phillipps is able to accomplish here is anything but simplistic. After all, writing funny books is no easy task, yet The Simples Love a Picnic blows that notion right out of the water. Highly hilarious stuff.
-Elizabeth Bird, Fuse 8

A funny family story packed with mayhem and good spirits. - Kirkus

MONKEY ONO is available at AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, POWELL’S, or at a bookseller near you. This title is also available for your Kindle.

World Read Aloud Day

I'm Skyping with Kindergartners for World Read Aloud Day!

I’m Skyping with Kindergartners for World Read Aloud Day!

It’s World Read Aloud Day! Yay! I celebrated by speaking with 60 lovely and well-behaved Kindergartners, reading Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Nap, making a horse collage, and seeing some fabulous student art. That’s my kind of party!

Realisitc Watercolor Style

Winnie sees what she wants: an award.

Winnie sees what she wants: an award.

Winnie imagines her bliss after winning a special award.

Winnie imagines her bliss after winning a special award.

These two illustrations were made for my current work-in-progress. I don’t normally go super realistic, but after discussing the project with my agent, he thought the previous illustrations (unseen) were too stylized. Now we’ve heard from someone else that these may be too realistic, so I’m off to find a happy medium. Still, I kinda love them. Creating samples like these take a lot of work, so it can be frustrating not to use them, but every piece of art I make brings me closer to the characters. It’s all good.