Your book and note arrived today and Brielle was thrilled to have presents to open! (She also had 2 cards in the mail.) Totally loved the walk through memory lane. St. Paul will always be special to me--and coats, hats, mittens, and scarves are serious business there! (Before living in MN, I never realized how valuable a hat and boots really are when it is cold. Just doesn't usually get that cold for that long here.) The pictures were amazing and the word scavenger hunt :-) was fun. I especially liked the little joke that the shopping street was grand. I bet you toyed with capitalizing that! :-) AA Milne style!

I think it is a very cool idea to make it geographical--William visiting different places. If he ever wants to visit Buenos Aires, I'll be glad to suggest cool places. :-) St. Paul's Winter Carnival is a very neat happening and I should think St. Paul-ites would like the book very much just for that. Comfort food in words for the eyes and soul. :-)

The Lord bless your generosity!! We love it!

Karin Balius Fosnot

"Wayne, we got our books yesterday. The kids loved them. I loved the poetry and the stressing of the point that children should mind. My 15 year old daughter loved the illustrations. It makes her want to write a book. I loved the fact that they were hard cover. Definitely worth the good price. Tell your wife and daughter that we loved them."

Publish Green

This past weekend, two of the Publish Green team members (myself — Emily — and Kyle, our fabulous web developer), had the lovely privilege of meeting the author of one of the cutest kids’ books around, Will and the Red Ball. Gloria Dunshee and her husband, Wayne, invited us Gloria’s surprise birthday party. And, needless to say, it was a blast.

If you don’t know what the book is about, here’s a brief overview: Will, a three-year-old boy, goes on a trip with his parents to New York City. While exploring the boring museums with Mom and Dad, Will decides to play with the red ball that he has brought with him. Well, one bounce leads to another, and, as you can imagine, poor little Will ends up chasing it around the city while Mom and Dad search frantically for him. I won’t tell you how it ends - but just know that the book is heartwarming, sweet, and will make an excellent bedtime read for any child. It also teaches children a valuable lesson about sticking close to Mom and Dad when they’re in a strange place. This is definitely one that you’ll want to purchase for your own child, grandchild, niece or nephew…it’s a guaranteed hit with families.

Oh, and the greatest part? Gloria’s grandson, Will, is the inspiration for the little boy, Will, in the book!

We entered a beautiful home in the northeastern suburbs of the Twin Cities, complete with tall, wood paneled glass doors and quaint woods decorating the backyard. Gloria, a pleasant and cheerful woman, met us at the front door and introduced herself. Having never met her before, and corresponding primarily with her and her husband, Wayne, over email, it was a nice surprise to be able to meet the author herself!

We helped ourselves to some birthday cake and mingled with Gloria and her family. We got to meet Gloria and Wayne’s daughter, Karne McGary (Will is her son), which was a good time. Karne is the illustrator for Will and the Red Ball — so the whole book is a family affair! And, we got to meet Will himself! He had just turned three and, though he doesn’t yet understand that he’s the star of his grandmother’s book, he was certainly a charmer. Like all little boys, he had developed a love for trucks and was busy playing with his new red truck. (Luckily, that’s not something that could easily bounce away if ever in a New York City museum!)

I spent some time talking with Gloria about the book and her future plans as an author of books for children. Will and the Red Ball is just one of an up-and-coming series of kids’ books, all featuring — you guessed it — Will! The next book in the series, Will and the Magic Snowman, will be released just in time for the holiday season. I won’t give away what the book is about, but it’s a definite must-have for winter.

Gloria plans on writing many more books for this series. I was really happy to hear this. She’s such a good writer, Karne is an amazing illustrator (all the images are done in watercolor), and the ideas behind the books are just so great. They’ll make an excellent collection once a few more titles have been added, and until then, readers can definitely enjoy each book on its own!

publish green, gloria dunshee, karne mcgary, will, children bookKyle & Emily of Publish Green with author Gloria Dunshee, illustrator Karne McGary, and the inspiration himself, Will.

Thanks, Gloria (and family), for having Publish Green over to your home! It was a true pleasure to meet you and learn about what inspired your first children’s book. We really look forward to reading whatever you write next!