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Seattle power couple, Chris Ballew and Kate Endle, are at it again.
We caught up with the talented duo to get the what, the where and the why on these hot-off-the-press releases.
Read on for the scoop!
Enter Penguin on a Scooter and Ocean Motions, the lyrically whimsical new board books illustrated by Kate Endle and written by Caspar Babypants.
Ocean Motions An early reader that highlights the playful activities of sea creatures, this book is ripe for play along with motions.
Young readers can jiggle gently like jellyfish or sway slowly like the seastars while parents read through the pages of this simple story.
That so many Pacific Northwest animals are featured!
The Music In true Caspar Babypants fashion, a free song is available to accompany each book.
What a great way to foster those early literacy skills that all parents love!
What inspired you to try this new medium?
Within a few months he had written his first Caspar album, Here I Am!.
Chris Ballew : Kate and I make up songs and funny rhymes all the time and from time to time she will sound the alarm that the fragment we are messing around with is a good candidate for a book.
All I really need to do is fall in with her and do the hard work to make that happen.
In some ways every song I have ever written could be a book but the ones that really stand out get the click the following article Kate and Chris treatment and come to life.
Chris Ballew: We are brutally honest with each other when it comes to looking at each others art and music.
That impulse overrides our partnership as husband and wife because the creative part of our relationship is visit web page being created to serve kids and parents, so we have to strive for doing the best we can to make art and music that draws people in.
What do you love about his or her work?
Kate Endle: Carson Ellis is my current favorite.
She has really mastered the watercolor technique quite well.
Her work has a vintage folk art feel to it and that is the type of art I am drawn to.
I also love Ezra Jack Keats The Snowy Day, Caldecott winner 1963 for his use of decorative paper and palette.
His illustrations have a lovely painterly feel to them.
My mother bought those for me as a child and I continue to use them for inspiration.
RT: Kate, do you have a favorite page from Ocean Motions?
How about Penguin on a Scooter?
What makes these pages your favorite?
Kate Endle: My favorite spread in Ocean Motions is the orca page.
I love the rhyme and I like the palette.
RT: We noticed that in both books, kids will find unique animals like woodland deer, belugas and sardines.
How do you always manage to keep things fresh and engaging for your young fans?
Chris Ballew: That is a good question!
I do feel like I will run out of animals someday, but so far we have only scraped the surface of the animal kingdom.
I suppose that someday we will have to start digging deep and do some songs about obscure insects and naked sloth land of nod rats!
Kate Endle: Because I sell my art at Pike Place Market and Caspar Babypants shows I have a unique opportunity to meet my customers face-to-face.
I just completed my Sloth land of nod, Llama, Sloth series which is direct result of customer requests.
RT: Kate, we know you spend a lot of time in West Seattle, but where do you go in the city to find inspiration?
Kate Endle: I always love the Land of Nod stores.
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I collect Japanese folk art and love the Japanese aesthetic so Momo and Kobo are super shops for inspiration.
Both Chris and I love junk and antique shops and when we discovered Pacific Galleries in SoDo we really hit the jackpot!
I sell at Urban Craft Uprising, too, and am always inspired by the other vendors.
RT: Besides each other, whom do you hope to collaborate with next?
Chris Ballew: Can I go back in time and collaborate with Maurice Sendak?
Kate Endle: I LOVE Land of Nod.
Chronicle Books, eBoo, Crocodile Creek, IKEA are all companies I would love to work with.
RT: Chris, now that you have five books under your belt, can we expect story times at your upcoming concerts?
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Which book do you want to read first?
Tell us in the comments below!
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