Halloween Round Up!

I've done my fair share of Halloween art so this is a fun round up of all of them! To picture books to stickers to how-to-draw monsters :-)

The Haunted Ghoul Bus 
written by Lisa Trumbauer   illustrated by Jannie Ho
Published by Sterling, 2008

Told in fun and appealing rhyme, and featuring holiday-bright illustrations of a cast of unforgettable characters, this playful picture book has sturdy cardstock pages and embossing throughout.

Halloween is Here:
Peek inside sticker book
Written by Megan E. Bryant    Illustrated by Jannie Ho
Published by Running Press Kids, 2010

Celebrate Halloween with a house full of excited kids in this look at a child’s favorite Halloween activities! Peek-inside to see the kids get dressed in their costumes, carving pumpkins, and going trick-or-treating.

You Can Draw Monsters
and Other Scary Things
by Jannie Ho    Published by Picture Window Books, 2011

Do you like creepy characters? Then check out this book, where you can learn to draw a spooky spider, a googly-eyed ghoul, or a slimy brain. You'll have lots of fun being an artist!

Halloween Howlers:
Frightfully Funny Knock-Knock Jokes
Written by Michael Teitelbaum   Illustrated by Jannie Ho
Published by HarperFestival, 2011

With hilarious lift-the-flaps throughout, this bewitching book contains dozens of ghoulishly funny jokes.

Chicken Girl Design by Jannie Ho
Photo polymer Stamps
Happy Halloween

These photo polymer stamps featuring cute and spooky designs for Halloween are perfect for a some crafty fun. Use them on cards, gift tags, and much more.

My Process: Lift-a-flap Books

I worked on this cute little paperback joke book for HarperCollins before I worked on Road Work Ahead. It was where I got the idea to start making dummies of the sketches. There were alot of lift-a-flaps inside to work out, and the art director had sent me this dummy that they did after I submitted the sketches to them. I thought it was really useful.

There were at least 2 flaps but 4 jokes on each spread. The biggest challenge was the layout. Leaving room for the text, but having the flaps work out too. Now I have a whole new appreciation for books with flaps (especially where there is art on the other side!)
Knock knock! Who's there? Ghouls! Ghouls who?
Ghouls and boys both love Halloween!
Overall, I love working on Halloween books, they give me a chance to do something funky and use a different color palette than usual. Grab a copy here :-)

Its October and a new book!

Its October and I'm happy to say I have another Halloween book out this year, this time its Halloween Howlers: Frightfully Funny Knock-Knock Jokes written by Michael Teitelbaum, illustrated by me, published by Harper Festival.

Its got tons of lift-a-flaps on every spread and I'll be showing more of that in another post. In the meanwhile, I want to thank Ann Arbor with Kids for a wonderful review of the book. 

You can also get it on Amazon, BN, or your favorite indie bookstore. More Halloween fun to come!

Evolution of a Halloween Book Cover

It is fun to show the process of a cover-from sketches to the end product. I did this with The Great Matzoh Hunt, and now I thought I would show it for Halloween is Here, a sticker book I illustrated that was recently released.

1st Sketch: All 4 of the main characters were featured. It is a bit too crowded for the cover.

Revised Sketch

Color Art

With Type and at the stores! (took this pic at Borders)

Hope you'll get a chance to pick Halloween is Here up at your local bookstores. Happy Halloween!

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?