Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Shelf Awareness Review for Knit Together

Shelf Awareness just wrote a lovely review for Knit Together and here it is!

"In her warm mother-daughter story, Angela Dominguez (Let's Go, Hugo!) demonstrates the combined efforts of collaboration and creativity.

"This is me," says the girl narrator, "I love to draw." She makes crayon portraits of her Chihuahua, a flower and more (including a picture of Dominguez's bird star Hugo). "Mom doesn't draw. Mom knits." The narrator wishes she could knit because "you can wear it!" On a cool day at the beach, mother, daughter and dog model the fruits of the woman's labors: matching red scarves and a sweater for the pooch. Back at home, the girl imagines things she could knit if she knew how (e.g., "finger puppet gloves"), so "I ask Mom to show me." A series of vignettes depicts the girl's attempts; frustrated, she colors the underside of a table. "Mom says it's okay," then shows her daughter how her drawings inspire her knit patterns. That gives them an idea. A sundrenched double-page spread of mother and daughter (plus their dog) on the beach sets the scene for "inspiration time. Mom says sometimes the best ideas come when your brain is resting." Another series of vignettes chronicles the creative process: "There are slow starts, and squiggles, and knots," she says, "But then I have it!"

The mother permits her daughter to explore her ideas, only stepping in when she's about to give up. After a process of trial and error, the rewards of the narrator's success are even greater. Dominguez pulls all of the details together into the revelation on the final pages. --Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor, Shelf Awareness
Discover: A mother and daughter combine their talents into a standout collaboration. "

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lola Levine Cover Reveal

I've been working the past few months illustrating a wonderful chapter series by Monica Brown featuring a sassy female protagonist named Lola Levine. Finally, I can reveal the cover for the first book and here it is! Lola Levine Isn't Mean will be published later this year on November 3rd by Little Brown. I'll be posting more images from the interior and the second cover next month.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Knit Together Book Birthday!


Knit Together is finally out today! If one would be inclined, you can purchase it at your local book store or indiebound:

http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780803740990

And more information on my website:
http://www.angeladominguezstudio.com/post/84989443858/images-from-knit-together-february-24-2015




In other good news, Mango, Abuela, and Me, written by Meg Medina and illustrated by me, just got selected as Junior Library Spring 2015 Selection.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

PEN America and Berkeley Public Library

I felt like quite the author this past week. I flew to the Bay Area to be honored as one of Berkeley Public Library's Authors of the Year which the dinner and celebrations were top notch.


Then I attended PEN America's New Books/New Authors Event at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn. 

This is all on the cusp of Knit Together finally hits the bookstores in ten days! I guess I'm officially Too Legit to Quit. 

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

I like you 2015....

It's the start of a new year and things are of to a good start. First, the second review is in for KNIT TOGETHER, and it's a good one!

" PreS-K–A little girl loves drawing and her mom. Her mom loves knitting and her daughter. When learning to knit proves too difficult for the child, the two discover a way to spend time together doing what they enjoy. In the end, they work collaboratively to create a knitted blanket based on the little girl’s design. Detailed, colorful illustrations carry the simple one-to-three sentences on each page. This picture book makes a welcome addition to any collection and will find a special niche among knitting mothers.–Betsy Davison, Cortland Free Library, NY "

Second, I'll honored to be showing with Christian Robinson at La Casa Azul Bookstore in Harlem starting in a few weeks. Here's a link: http://www.lacasaazulbookstore.com/current-exhibit.html

Lastly, I'm was invited to be member of PEN America. I'm still pinching myself that I'm considered a writer. Yay, 2015! 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

First Review for Knit Together!

I just got my first review for Knit Together (March 24, 2014) from Kirkus and it's delightful! Here are  a few highlights:

Kirkus writes “The bespectacled mother, her daughter and a little dog are colorful characters rendered with a bit of digital help in a mix of gouache, colored pencil, ink and collage against a white background. Swirls of yarn, a typeface that resembles handwriting and smiling cartoon faces add up to a lively and enjoyable story about sharing hobbies and good times. . . . A warm family story.”