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Bonus content about one or more of Debbie’s books.

Learn how to draw GURPLE with me on Read & Learn With Simon Kids!

Thanks to Simon Kids for inviting me to participate in their Read & Learn series on YouTube! Thanks to Simon & Schuster for permission to do a Gurple & Preen read-aloud video! Until the end of September (see their current online reading guidelines here), you can see author Linda Sue . . .



How Gurple And Preen Was Created Part 5

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 Part 5: Gurple and Preen Launches! Click here to see a replay of our book launch event at Blue Willow Bookshop!



How Gurple And Preen Was Created Part 4

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 PART 4: How One Of The Illustrations Changed Over Revisions With help from her friends at Simon & Schuster (including from the author in later stages) as well as working on her own, Debbie went through many revisions of her illustrations for Gurple and Preen. . . .



How Gurple And Preen Was Created Part 3

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 PART 3: How Debbie Created The Illustrations While waiting for Linda Sue Park and Justin Chanda to finish the manuscript, Debbie was figuring out how to do the illustrations for the book. Unlike her other book illustrations, Gurple and Preen would use photography as well as . . .



How Gurple And Preen Was Created Part 2

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 From GURPLE AND PREEN author, Linda Sue Park: – I knew right away that the story would be about robots, because my favorite image from Debbie’s Broken Crayon gallery is this one:  – Gurple’s name was originally ‘Grayon.’ I liked that name, but I . . .



How Gurple And Preen Was Created Part 1

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 (Last updated June 24, 2020) You never know what will come out of a broken crayon….like this book! PART 1: Debbie’s Found Object Art and Linda Sue Park Writes A Story Long before Debbie ever thought of doing a picture . . .



How Sam & Eva Was Created Part 3

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 (Last updated May 31, 2018) One of Debbie’s favorite parts of book creation process is working with Laurent Linn on the cover. Here are some rough sketches of cover ideas: After Debbie’s art was approved, she waited. While she waiting, of course, . . .



How Sam & Eva Was Created Part 2

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 (Last updated October 2, 2017) In Part 1, I told you how I came up with the idea for SAM & EVA and how the book got bought by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (YAY). I signed the contract in . . .



How Sam & Eva Was Created Part 1

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 (Last updated August 16, 2017) Q. Where did you get the idea for Sam & Eva? When I was a student at the University of Toronto, my friend Reid and I used to have cartoon wars in which one person started a drawing and then . . .



How Sea Monkey and Bob was Created Part 3

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 Debbie started to experiment with different colors for the main characters as well as different techniques for the watery background: She did many, many sketches of the characters. Debbie also started doing “thumbnail sketches” (very small, rough sketches) to figure out the general layout of all . . .