Melissa Guion grew up in West Caldwell, NJ, and Baltimore, MD.
Melissa has been a dishwasher, a photographer, a Macy’s sales clerk, and a Vice President. She was once paid $10 to remove a dead possum from the garage of a United States Supreme Court nominee. She is relieved to now be an author/illustrator.
Her debut picture book Baby Penguins Everywhere! (Philomel) was selected for the 2012 Original Art by the Society of Illustrators.
Interview with Melissa:
What is your favorite season and why?
I’ve always loved fall. I don’t like intense heat, so when the temperature starts to drop I’m relieved and happy. I love the early weeks of fall when you can still swim but the nights are cold and the air smells good. (New York City summers are so smelly!) And even though I don’t go to school any more, I still think of fall as when things start happening. There’s energy in the air. It’s when my mental year begins.
Playing for a living and sharing my work with kids. Those are two things, but I can’t choose, they’re different. I just did my first school visit, where I read to 125 girls between the ages of three and eight, in a single morning. I loved hearing what they had to say afterwards. One girl announced, “When I grow up, I’m going to be a penguin!” I couldn’t be happier for her.
Like kids, they can be anything they want to be.
Baby Penguins Everywhere! by Melissa Guion
Can there be such a thing as too many adorable penguins?
One day a penguin sees a most unusual sight: a hat floating in the icy water. Even more unusual? Out of the hat pops a baby penguin. But not just one baby penguin . . . or even two. But a third, and a fourth, and on and on!
At first the mama penguin is happy for the company. Until she realizes that taking care of a family is very hard, very tiring work, and what she could really use is just a moment alone. Yet as newcomer Melissa Guion reminds us in her adorable debut picture book, alone time is all well and good, but, it’s together time that’s best of all.
Perfect for any mama penguin with a family, or classroom, full of mischievous little ones.
Reading level: Ages 2 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Philomel (December 6, 2012)
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