Scenes from the drawing board – Things To Do With Dad

This is a page from Things To Do With Dad, which is now out in the UK, right after I’ve finished it.  Admittedly I did tidy up slightly, my desk is usually chaos at this point.


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

Jack’s Favourite Thing

Here’s another original page from Jack’s Worry, before it was scanned in and the final text added.  This is from the opening pages of Jack doing his favourite thing – playing the trumpet. I used messy, punchy paint splats in brassy colours to show the music – that’s how I would imagine trumpet music would look if you could see it.