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Islandport Pairs Lynn Plourde and Russ Cox For New Children's Book

02/26/2013

"Merry Moosey Christmas" scheduled for 2014 release

Rudolph works hard. And once, just once, he’d like to have Christmas Eve off to enjoy it as the rest of us do. Santa agrees, but first they need to find and train a substitute. Can a simple country moose fill Rudolph’s hooves? In Merry Moosey Christmas, young readers will delight at the unexpected answer. Plourde's new picture book, which will be illustrated by Maine artist Russ Cox, is slated for release from Islandport Press in October, 2014.

"We’re thrilled to be working with Lynn again," says Islandport children’s book editor Melissa Kim, who signed Plourde to her second book with Islandport. "Lynn has such a knack for words and a wonderful sense of humor. She is breathing fresh life into the Rudolph/Santa story and kids will love Moosey. He’s a modern hero who uses both his common sense, some modern gadgets, and a general store to overcome obstacles."

Plourde has written more than 25 children’s books, including At One in a Place Called Maine, released by Islandport Press in 2007. Her other books include Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud, Wild Child, Dino Pets Go to School, and the upcoming You’re Wearing THAT to School?! Plourde also co-authored the graphic novel Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness with Donn Fendler. Her books have won a variety of honors, including Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Junior Library Guild selection, Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book, Los Angeles Times Best Children’s Book, and Oppenheim Gold Award.

Plourde, a Maine native, received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Maine. She worked as a speech-language therapist in Maine schools for 21 years and now prides herself on being a "teaching author," visiting 50 to 75 schools and libraries each year and using her books to help young authors improve their writing. She lives in Winthrop with her husband Paul Knowles.

Illustrator Russ Cox says he was raised by "a pack of crazed hillbillies" in the backwoods of Tennessee. Without much in the way of modern conveniences, like a television set or running water, he spent his time drawing and whittling away the hours. After graduating from art school, with a portfolio in his hand, he ventured into the world of design and illustration. He opened his own studio, Smiling Otis Studio, where he presently specializes in illustration for children. He lives in Pittsfield, Maine, where he also enjoys playing the banjo though his wife would prefer him to play the triangle or build a sound proof room. He recently illustrated the picture book, Major Manners Presents: Nite-Nite Soldier, by Michael Hofer and Beth Hofer, which won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and was a finalist, Best New Children’s Picture Book, in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards.