Well, it looks like Lemur Troops & Critter Groups is going to be my second official published picture book. It just went to the printer and should be available for purchase before the end of the year. My publisher, Vivian Zabel, hopes to have pre-orders available by next week. The book will be available through 4RV Publishing, LLC and other online sites.
Nikki Shoemaker has done an amazing job illustrating this book. Please click on her name to go to her blog because she's posted several examples from the book. Her illustrations are adorable and I know she's going to go far as an illustrator. The series introduces children to animal congregations through humorous rhymes. Nikki has taken it to a whole new level by putting the animals in humanistic scenarios that will delight both young and old. Most people know that a group of lions is called a pride, but how many people know what a group of snails is called? Or a group of turtles?
When I wrote this originally, there were 66 animal congregations. That would have made for one very long picture book, so we turned it into a series of three books with 22 rhymes each. Lemur Troops & Critter Groups is the first book, which will be followed by Stork Musters & Critter Clusters and then Pony Strings & Critter Things. If you're on Facebook, please join us on our fanpage called Critter Series. The page will be used to keep everyone updated on the series. We hope to see you there. And don't forget, Christmas will be here soon and books make great gifts for kids. In addition, to Lemur Troops & Critter Groups, Dilly would love to spend Christmas Eve wrapped up under your tree!