Monday, August 24, 2009

Colorado Author and Illustrator -- Mark Ludy


Today's author, Mark Ludy, is a man of many talents. Writer and illustrator of his own line of children's books, published by his Green Pastures Publishing Co., Mark is also a talented speaker. The motivational presentation he did for Northern Colorado Writers a year ago was excellent. I came away thinking Mark could do anything (and that maybe I could, too).

And then there's the coffee shop, Loodles, which has a media room for presentations and art demonstrations and book displays, and that secret room where Mark works on his new projects. About once a week, this talented man gives drawing demonstrations on a big screen, something I'm looking forward to seeing when I drive to Loodles to do my kidlet Christmas book shopping.

More than anything, I wish I could show you some of the illustrations within these wonderful books. I've seen them and can guarantee that moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, will enjoy studying the artwork and reading the stories as much as your kids and grandkids (don't forget nieces and nephews) will.

The books are available from Mark's website as well as online booksellers where you'll find a synopsis and reviews on each. The titles to look for are: The Grump, The Flower Man, When I Was a Girl ... I Dreamed, When I Was a Boy ... I Dreamed, The Farmer, Jujo: Of the Jungle. The five covers I've included here should at least give you a hint of what you can look forward to when you read a Mark Ludy book.

8 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

The illustrations look fantastic. We love a good picture book here. Even though my kids are chapter book readers, I always load up on picture books at the library....they're wonderful to have around the house for the kids to enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation for these.

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

Karen Walker said...

How wonderful to have such a talent. I can hardly draw stick figures.
karen

carolynyalin said...

I owe several of Mark's books. They are fabulous. I'll have to check out his coffee shop.

Elspeth Antonelli said...

I'm with Karen - my artistic skills are sadly lacking. I can draw the curving line seagulls and then I'm done. My admiration for anyone that can draw is huge. These look like wonderful books!

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I love buying books for my grandson and these look like the type we'd both enjoy.

The Old Silly said...

Thanks for the heads up on Mark's books. Love the covers! And the premises are most interesting.

Marvin D Wilson

N A Sharpe said...

Wow! They look wonderful - definitely want to check these out. Judging from these book covers, he is extrememly talented.

Nancy, from Realms of Thought…

April Joitel said...

I have been a fan of his books for some time now and when I've seen him at signings, it's obvious he loves what he does and sharing it with others.