Picture Book Review and Interview: Stumble Trip Fall by Robert Scully


Stumble Trip Fall by Robert Scully

A book for children or those young at heart about a bear and his search for where he belongs. Along the way he encounters a fox, a mole, a goat and a duck who keep him moving to finally discover where he is most at home.

Paperback: 56 pages
Publisher: Psst! Books; First Edition edition (February 6, 2013)

About the Author/Illustrator:
Robert Scully is a professional artist who lives to create. When he is not at his job as a VP Design Director for a design firm, you will find him working, creating ,and exploring the creative universe through his children’s books. He works in close collaboration with his wife, Anne Scully. They live and create in New York with their two young children. Stumble Trip Fall is the first book he has both written and illustrated. You can visit him on the web at robertscully.com

Where do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from my past experiences, my love for my kids, and my own personal journey in life.  Help from my wife also goes a long way.

What is your favorite thing about writing/illustrating for children?
I have fond memories of having my parents share books with me as a child. I like the idea that I am not only creating a story to entertain but also for other parents and childrens to share time together and create story time memories.

What is the one book that everyone should read?
Mine (Wink, Wink).  Seriously,  “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales”.  Its just silly and  fun. I read this back at my day in Parsons The New School for Design and it made me fall
in love with childrens book again and made me want to create them.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Well, after working a full time job (VP Design Director), playing with my kids, and of course reading them bedtime stories, hitting the gym, illustrating my own books, and  taking care of all the other grownup stuff – I think I love a shower. Yes, I like a hot shower in my spare time.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Any flavor as long as it has peanut butter in it.

What are your current projects?
I am currently working on interactive stories for the ipad app storypanda. My first story to be released though storypanda is the  “Practice Pet”. Written by: Anne Scully and Illustrated by: Robert Scully, which should come out late 2013. I have several other new stories in the works all at different stages of development. I’m always working on something new.

If you had any superpower, what would it be?
Time Travel. The love of time travel as a superpower started for me as a kid watching “Back to the future”. It implies so much fantasy and imagination. It incorporates history, stories, and change which is kinda like creating books.

My Thoughts:
I could gush about the design of this book for ever, but I’ll spare you the torture.  I’ll just say that it is flawless.  The illustrations are fantastic.  Unique, expressive, and professional.  I just love the visual side to this book.

The writing is well done, too.  I didn’t love the story as much as the art, but I still enjoyed it.  So did my kids.  As far as picture books go, this is pretty darn good.

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    March 13, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    This interview and the book sound so sweet. I don't know you are able to discover so many great books and get all these great people to interview for you. It must be because you are awesome. Great illustrations. I like how those trees in the last picture seem to pop up a little. Time travel is awesome but I wouldn't want to change anything in someone else's life. A hot shower sounds lovely at the end of the day (:

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      March 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      I really love the artwork in this book. So much thought was put into it. The result is beautiful!

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