Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It's a book birthday for Footer Davis Probably is Crazy!

Today is release day for a wonderful middle grade book written by Susan Vaught and illustrated by me.

I didn't do that fabulous cover, but I did do 11 interior spot illustrations.

This was a really fun project and also a bit of a challenge. One of the best parts of the job was that I got to work with Mr. Laurent Linn, art director extraordinaire at Simon & Schuster.

When Laurent wrote to ask me about taking on this project, he mentioned that this story deals with some very difficult issues that are not typically found in a middle grade novel.

 Mental illness, murder, gun rights, child abuse, physical handicaps, etc.. 

He then supplied a list of needed illustrations which included;

A severed foot
Footer wiping snake guts off the bird feeder
A scary clown guy holding a knife dripping blood

Me? illustrate this?

but the illustrations were to look like Footer, an eleven year old girl, had drawn them herself.  

The project was a lot of fun. I just fell in love with Footer and her friends. Susan has written a very clever mystery with characters who navigate through some very difficult challenges. It's done with humor, tenderness, and keeps you guessing until the very end.

I am thrilled to be even a small part of such a poignant, funny, well crafted story.

Happy Book Birthday, Footer Davis! 


  1. You did such a wonderful job! I love the alien the most, I think. But the clown is downright diabolical. Thank you so much!!

    1. I love this story so much, Susan. Your characters are so endearing. Thank you for letting me be a part of it!

  2. Great post! I forgot about this project in the midst of the picture books and it sounds like a little jewel!

    1. Thank you, Claudia! And congratulations on your book birthday today, too (My Wilderness)!!!!!! Can't wait for my copy!

  3. I had a big chuckle when I saw the cat with the comment. Your illustrations are fabulous, Jennifer. Count me in your fan club!

  4. I found your illustrations really cute. Thank you for helping the author creating a wonderful book. Good job!

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  5. Wow! Great Job! I saw your Illustrations and that was fabulous!! H'yah Unique!

  6. M'am nicole is right , Your illustrations are awesome, Uniques and so Fabulous