Hooray for Halloween Book Giveaway Winner

Using random.org, the winner is Nina Seven! Congratulations, Nina! 

Thanks to everyone who entered the book giveaway, and the tips for chicken costumes. I ended up  sewing chicken and rooster hats out of felt I had around the house. More on that later.

And it seems like alot of folks are into Reeses peanut butter cups and M&Ms! Will probably pick some up to hand out to the trick or treaters. Happy Halloween! It is one of the best holidays, isn't it?

Halloween is Here Sticker Book Giveaway!!!

I'm finally hosting a giveaway! I'm giving away a copy this Halloween is Here sticker book I illustrated, published by Running Press Kids-which was just recently released. There is a story plus plenty of stickers to put into the scenes. Yay, stickers!!!


-Please leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite candy is when trick or treating. (mine = Twix!!)

-If you are on Twitter, please follow me at @JannieHo. If you could retweet about this giveaway, it would be greatly appreciated. Please include @JannieHo in your tweet.

**I will randomly pick a winner next Friday, October 8th.** Good luck!

P.S.-Anyone know where I can get a cheap chicken costume? Why are they so expensive?


A while back I won a giveaway over at Vectips, and the prize was 1000 free business card printing from Uprinting.com. Now I am so thrilled to be partnering up with UPrinting to host a giveaway of my own here, to give my dear loyal readers a chance to win too! With these crazy economic times, we can all use some free promo materials.

One reader will receive 1000 free business cards printing and one reader will receive one 18" x 24" canvas printing!

If you don't remember, I ended up printing these wacky coupon/business cards, which I will be using at the Surtex show:
The quality was wonderful and I loved how I had the option to make it an unusual size (more coupon size like). I'm very happy with them and plan on printing some postcards next.

So, alright, on to the good stuff!

How to Enter

1. Leave a comment at the end of the blog post, describing what you would use the free business cards and/or prints for.


1000 free standard size business cards for one reader and 1 free 18 x 24 canvas print for one reader.

You can choose from any of their stocks for these items.


Winners in the United States and Canada qualify for free shipping. Shipping fees will apply to winners outside these areas.

I will pick 2 winners randomly on Friday, March 6th. Please make sure that I have a way to contact you if you win. Good luck, everyone!

Ben and Ruby Character Sketches

Thank you for all the comments on the I'm Reading Now series! Working on a big series like this, the most important thing is to have the character sketches down pat when I start. I got a short character description of the whole family, and here is what I came up with. Here, the main characters Ben and Ruby:
Ben is suppose to be 5 years old and Ruby is 4. Here they look a bit too old. Try again!

Better here. But what's up with the Elvis hair on Ben? And I was told the dress on Ruby was a bit too old fashioned (Hey, I would wear that cherry dress at 4!)


Ok, actually there were many more rounds back and forth with the art director and editors before I got it just right. But its better to get it right in the beginning than later.

And last but not least, a BIG shout out to Alicia Padrón's kids for their fantastic critique of my tree entry for The Wish Trees giveway! It was a gift in itself listening to their reaction (I've never heard directly from my audience before) and it truly confirms I am in the right profession! It was so gratifying and made me all warm and fuzzy inside!!! So thank you, Gabriel and Alexandra. And kudos for everyone who entered, I had alot of fun looking at everything!


The very talented Alicia Padrón is holding a lovely giveaway of her book, The Wish Trees. To enter, she asked everyone to submit an illustration that demonstrates the importance of a tree, so here is mine.

I thought about how trees were homes to animals. Or cafes. Somehow it morphed into looking like a book cover. A possible book idea?!

Anyways, visit Alicia's blog and enter, the deadline is July 4th!

And the winner is...

The winner of the penguin book giveaway is Ken Chandler! To nerd up the whole process, I went to random.org where it can generate a random number and that was how I picked the winner. I wish I could give away a book to everyone who wanted one. Thank you for all who left comments and I promise to have more giveaways soon!