This past summer I had the opportunity to illustrate my first picture book, Too Many Visitors for One Little House, written by Susan Chodakiewitz.
The story takes place on El Camino Street, where the crabby neighbors do not like kids, do not like pets, and do not like big happy families. When a new family on the block moves in — a mom, a dad, three kids and a fish, the neighbors are NOT very happy. And as cousins, aunts, uncles, nannies and grannies arrive for a big family reunion, the neighbors are in for quite a surprise.
Working on this project with Susan was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the many hours we spent fleshing out the personalities and visual traits of the characters. It was a joy creating each one and I feel like they’re now a part of my own family. The challenge and process were a great experience for me and I look forward to the next project.
Here are illustrations from the book. Enjoy!
contributed by Veronica Walsh, children’s book illustrator