Place Names: Sherburn-in-Elmet

Sometimes an unusual place name is so evocative of a character that it demands a picture. I’ve done this once before but now find myself traveling new routes that have brought a whole host of new towns and villages with unusual names to my attention.

So I will be adding to this new series intermittently, whenever I find another place name that sounds more like a character than somewhere you’d live.

This week –

 

Eavesdropped – Bad Signal

Eavesdropped is a drawing game for 1 or more.

You play it like this:

1. Listen out for snippets of conversation you hear as you go about your daily business – people overheard in a cafe, or a fragment of conversation in the street, that kind of thing.

2. Turn the first coherent comment you overhear into a picture.

3. Share the result. And you’re done!

This week –

 

Eavesdropped – Money Monster

Eavesdropped is a drawing game for 1 or more.

You play it like this:

1. Listen out for snippets of conversation you hear as you go about your daily business – people overheard in a cafe, or a fragment of conversation in the street, that kind of thing.

2. Turn the first coherent comment you overhear into a picture.

3. Share the result. And you’re done!

This week –

 

Things To Do With Dad – published today!

My new picture book, Things To Do With Dad, is out in the US today! It comes out in the UK next month but both will be here in good time for father’s day – now how convenient is that?

Here’s a synopsis:

A morning of fun with Dad takes a turn for the boring when a long to-do list interferes. At first content to let Dad cross things off his list, the boy in the story soon realizes that the whole day will be spent on chores — unless he can come up with a solution. In his singularly expressive, kid-friendly style, author-illustrator Sam Zuppardi crafts a colorful celebration of the fun that can be had with just a little imagination — and a trusty green crayon.

And here’s what the early reviews are saying:

Zuppardi’s acrylic-and-pencil illustrations have a charming, childlike quality, especially the young child, who is basically a 3-D stick figure with lines for hair, and his imagination truly runs amok when the child amends the list (the only words in the entire book). With some imagination, even chores can be fun.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The cartoon-style acrylic and pencil illustrations perfectly capture the boy’s flights of fancy and his dad’s willingness to play along. Adults could learn a thing or two from this father about making mundane tasks more enjoyable. A great choice for one-on-one sharing.
—School Library Journal

Eavesdropped – Too Faint

Eavesdropped is a drawing game for 1 or more.

You play it like this:

1. Listen out for snippets of conversation you hear as you go about your daily business – people overheard in a cafe, or a fragment of conversation in the street, that kind of thing.

2. Turn the first coherent comment you overhear into a picture.

3. Share the result. And you’re done!

This week –