Today’s blog entry is brought to you by author/illustrator AMALIA HOFFMA, who will talk about her new board book ALL COLORS. Here’s Amalia:
In 2017, I started experimenting with pastel pencils.
I loved the textures that I could achieve and the vibrant lush colors.
After working for a while on a white background I wondered what the colors would look like on black. I ordered a fine black art sand paper and started playing with colors on top. The colors on the black background appeared much more vibrant than on the white.
I discovered that there were so many interesting textures that I could achieve by rubbing the pastel pencils and chalk on the paper. Also, I liked how spattering with a toothbrush, sponging with bubble wrap and combing paints appeared on the black background.
After two months, I had a whole collection of pieces of papers with different colors and textures. I gathered them all in a shoe box and every once in a while, I just played with them, making different arrangements by assembling pieces together on my art table.
Then, the idea came to me. What if the different colors, textures and shapes could actually make the main character in the book?
So began my book journey for All Colors.
My agent, Anna Olswanger, has been encouraging me to create a board book for very young children.
I decided to make a board book where kids would be introduced to colors and textures as they turned the pages. It ended up being a concept book with a message about friendship and diversity.
Anna sold ALL COLORS to Schiffer Publishing and it will be making its way into the world October 28, 2019. This is my third board book. The first was Dreidel Day (Kar Ben Publishing, 2018.) The second was Astro Pea (Schiffer Publishing, 2019.)
Creating board books is challenging because you have to tell the story in only a few pages so the word count must be minimal. Dreidel Day has 8 words, All Colors has 9. The author must rely on the illustrations and the concept has to be very clear and simple so a toddler could understand it. At the same time, there’s got to be a narration and procession so it would be a compelling read for the child and the adult who reads the story. The images have to be simple and bright to catch the attention of a very young child.
This concept board book introduces children ages 2-6 to colors and textures while conveying a message about friendship, diversity, and inclusion.
As the reader turns the pages, colors are introduced, creating the image of a boy.
Join in the fun as the boy dips his paintbrush in paint splotches and discovers that friends come in all colors.
Here’s a link to a book trailer where I perform All Colors with a very colorful puppet: