February 08, 2008
More than 250 students and parents participated in a PTA-sponsored Authors and Illustrators Night at Lowell Elementary School last week.
The event featured free, hands-on workshops, including: how to illustrate a picture book with Mai S. Kemble, author-illustrator of “The Moon and the Night Sweeper,” and Marina Valentina, author-illustrator of “Lost in the Roses”; how to craft the plot of a book with short story writer Michael Buckley; and how to weave a tale of fantasy and fact with time travel author Stacia Deutsch, whose eight-book “Blast to the Past” series features students who visit historic figures. Author-artist and former Belmont Shore resident Matt Whitlock helped students create stories and illustrations. Whitlock works for Nickelodeon as an animation designer and has created the Punk ’N Patch book series starring the grumpiest pumpkin on earth.