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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Book Hour - Nacho the Party Pup

Today, Mindy back from her trip, interviewed Emma J. Virjan (Ver Haan) author and illustrator of the board book Nacho the Party Puppy. Mindy explained that even though it is a board book, it really isn't "just for babies". Emma talked about "the Nacho ways" for celebrating birthdays, which include cakes, red dancing boots and more. Also, he has the "nachobility" to ride on pinatas.

Emma talked about how even when she was young she wanted to be an author and illustrator of children's books and encourages others to "Keep Drawing." She explained her "other" work as a graphic illustrator. Fascinating -- and I think Mindy could run with that and get people who know how to talk to (not down to) kids to explain their jobs.

There are millions of facets to Nacho's personality that I didn't get written down -- I took sparse notes while barreling down I85 -- but he is "Nacho average dog," has a cat friend named Chip, likes to cook, cleans up after his big parties in his dog castle, etc.

Emma Virjan is working on a new Nacho book about yoga. Nacho and Emma will be at a number of events around Austin, listed here.

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