A Sketchy Character or Two
Deep shame filters through my soul. Shame based on the fact that because I fell down on the job you, gentle viewer, may have never seen the pen-and-ink wizardry of one Ruth McNally Barshaw. Perhaps you never saw her remarkable encapsulation of the 2007 SCBWI Conference or knew that she penned Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel. I’ve been a fan of Ms. Barshaw for years via her great Sketches of Famous Authors. Yet it wasn’t until I read the recent Oz and Ends post What’s So Funny in Ellie McDoodle that I discovered that she’d drawn the Kidlit Drink Night held during that time. Jeez o’ marie, this woman has talent. Check out her fabulous (and eerily accurate) pics of such luminaries as Meghan McCarthy, Linda Sue Park, Cheryl Klein, Tim Bush, Rose Kent, J.L. Bell, Barry Goldblatt, and more.
And she visited the Donnell Central Children’s Room too! Hooray! Props to my co-workers! Props to Pooh!
Check out her blog for more info.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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