I have written two children's books
Gym Shoe Juice and National Pickle Day,
but they are more nonfiction since they are both based on true stories of fun and crazy activities with my children.
As an artist, I repeatedly tried to illustrate my children's books. I found that thirty years of painting watercolor landscapes does not translate into a children's book illustrator, as my paintings were never whimsical enough. Giving up, my good friend and talented artist Antonela Boyles asked if she could try. Her beautiful illustrations matched perfectly with the Gym Shoe Juice story.
“Being a young girl at first the idea of “gym shoe juice” was appalling to me. All the other children were really excited (especially the boys), in the end it was delicious and one of the most memorable moments of my childhood!”
“Christopher losing his shoe in the lake, wasn’t as funny as when he had to climb up a tree to get away from an alligator.”
“I have a vague memory of it. I do think the gym shoe was red.”
“I thought the gym shoe was grey.”
“I remember talking to the guy who made it. His wife saw the shoe boiling in water on the stove and didn’t think anything of it. The kids loved it, though. I tell people this story all the time and how it didn’t faze his wife at all. Great times.”