About the Artwork
The Monster of Walloo, Watercolor
I knew that I wanted to illustrate this book the moment I read the manuscript.
"Here vines toss berries.
And bees drip honey.
Monsters aren't scary,
They're soft, sweet, and funny."
THE LAND of WALLOO by Georgia L. Lininger, Fall 2016 (Mascot Books)
Text in English and Spanish
Designed and illustrated by Jo Gershman.
Jo has illustrated over 35 books. Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream, which she designed as well as illustrated, won the 2013 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Children's Books. Jo has also designed and illustrated The Land of Walloo which comes out this fall. Her realistic, detailed and gentle watercolor illustrations of animals create knowable characters without becoming cartoony or overly cute. Her goal is to let the illustrations tell more of the story behind the words on the page, and when designing, to let the layout mirror the action in the art.