“An eye-pleasing picture book that offers a winning mix of adventure, science, and poetry, with a strong heroine who invites readers to view the world as a place of natural wonder.” -Kirkus Reviews
I am still on cloud nine over this incredible review by Kirkus Indie! They had asked me to send a pdf of the first book (Galapagos Islands) as they were using a different reviewer from so I was particularly anxious. It was a long 7-9 weeks! Well, the wait was worth it as the reviewer fully appreciated the story and character development, the haiku, the artwork and all of the educational pieces I’ve added to the book! I cannot wait to share the book when it’s available at the end of February. See the full review below:
In this second installment of an ecologically based adventure series for children, a young naturalist and ship’s captain sails to a remote island and discovers a threat to the local wildlife.
Piratess Tilly—the refreshingly bold, smart heroine introduced in Lorayne’s debut picture book (The Adventures of Piratess Tilly, 2016), illustrated by Watson—takes to the sea again on her research ship, the Foster. She’s accompanied by her friend Yuki (a rescued koala bear) and the seven orphan boys who make up her diverse crew. Their destination: Easter Island. Unfolding in graceful haiku, the tale follows passionate naturalist Tilly (“An explorer’s dress / Patch pockets for her notebooks / Trade tools in her bag”) as she studies the mysterious Moai statues and scuba dives to observe marine life native to the area, sketching and cataloging what she sees. The trip takes an unexpected turn when the crew encounters pirates raiding the nests of sooty terns in an egg-smuggling venture, and the group launches a successful rescue effort, led by parasailing Tilly and Yuki. (In the first Tilly adventure, a trip to the Galapagos Islands became a mission to save baby giant tortoises from the clutches of another band of pirates.) Lorayne’s poetic text is fully integrated into Watson’s lovely watercolor images, executed with an eye for captivating detail. The tale delivers enough escapades and suspense to satisfy a young audience, but the author also includes ample learning opportunities to encourage children to seek out the story’s substantial real-life underpinnings. These include examples of sailors’ knots, a glossary of words and terms—endemic, expeditions, trade winds, thermals, etc.—and various fish species skillfully rendered by Watson. In addition, the volume features short biographies of Tilly’s 19th- and 20th-century inspirations, Charles Darwin (“Darwin on her shelves / Evokes her scholarly dreams / Coral reefs and fish”) and anthropologist Katherine Routledge, written by science historian Michael Barton and archaeologist Jo Anne Van Tilburg.
An eye-pleasing picture book that offers a winning mix of adventure, science, and poetry, with a strong heroine who invites readers to view the world as a place of natural wonder.
I am very proud and excited to announce that my children’s picture book, written in haiku, is available for purchase! There are a select few available in time for the Holidays! Please check out my Shop to learn more and make a purchase! Thank you so much for the support!
I am SO excited to share the front and back covers for my upcoming children’s picture book, The Adventures of Piratess Tilly. I hope you enjoy the beautiful watercolor illustrations by Karen Watson. The book is due to arrive and be ready for sale in late November/early December!
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I thought I would share some updates on my upcoming children’s picture book, Adventures of “Piratess” Tilly. First is a project I’m calling, “Nature as Teacher” quote series. I’ve taken the liberty in reblogging the initial post below. I just really love this line from the story, “Nature as Teacher” and want to share this idea as much as possible.
The second project is called “From the Crow’s Nest: Yuki’s fun facts!” It’ll be memes sharing tidbits of information that correlate with the adventure in the book, i.e. facts on animals found on The Galápagos Islands!
1. Nature was an important inspiration for Adventures of “Piratess” Tilly. I would like to share nature-themed quotes by famous people as well as some of my own haiku. “Nature as Teacher” is one of my personal favorite lines in the book. With that in mind, I’ll start the series with this lovely quote by Shakespeare.
A project I’ve been working on since this past summer is a children’s picture book ~ written in haiku (of course!)! My husband and I are very happy with it and extremely excited about the illustrations, done by Karen Watson (www.karenwatson.com). We’ll be publishing it ourselves, which I’m also thrilled about, as we’ll have total control over the book. Please come support this new project!! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook! And of course, check out the website (which is in need of bios!): piratesstilly.com
The synopsis is below!
p.s. Our 22 month old daughter LOVES seeing the updated illustrations. She gets so excited!!
This is one of my very first linocuts. I love printing on decorative papers, as seen in this impression. The choice of decorative paper makes such a difference in the emotional tone, doesn’t it? It can also influence how you interpret the piece. Yet, regardless of that possible influence, personally, I always see this as an abstract door. A door that has countless entrances ~ countless adventures ~ countless journeys ~ countless exits. What do you see? How does it make you feel? If a door, then where does it take you?