Here’s my donation to this year’s American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) 2oth Annual Children’s Book Art Auction. This year’s illustration theme is a special dedication to Dr. Seuss. I’ve borrowed his characters, as you can see (I did add my own Who, and the Cat in the Hat is none other than Dr. Seuss himself). The giant instrument was from a story I wrote that was a bit Seussian, in its own way, and it seemed apropos here. I enjoyed doing the flat watercolors. He used black ink to shade and outline. I’ve used pencil here. Some of Dr. Seuss’s books faced censure. The Lorax (now a major motion picture!) was challenged for its criticism of the logging industry. Some of his other works were also criticized for their themes of peace, equality, and antimaterialism–Heaven forbid!
The The ABC Children’s Group of the American Booksellers Association also sponsors this auction. ABFFE sponsors Kids Right to Read, which fights censorship.The silent auction and reception will be at Book Expo America at the Javits Center in NYC. this year’s honorary chair is Jarrett J. Krozockza. Again, here is the link with more info –tickets may be purchased there. The silent auction is the 28th and there will be an online auction on the 29th. Some works will also be for sale in an online Holiday Auction later this year.