Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus is available NOW!

Children's Books

My debut picture book Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus came out Tuesday, March 6! It’s available on KWiL Publishing’s website and Amazon, and did I mention there’s a coloring book version, too?! Here is a picture of the freshly printed book basking in natural sunlight:

Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus by Sheri Roloff

Over the past week, it’s been awesome seeing kids and adults react to the book. Thank you to everyone who has shared adorable photos, like this one! Shared with the quote, “He’s been reading it nonstop!” He’s so cozy and focused. I love it so much:

Daniel Reading Hide and Go Seek-A-Saurus

If you and your kids are enjoying the book, please consider leaving a review on Amazon. You don’t need to have purchased the book through Amazon to leave a review. It’s incredibly helpful as a debut author to have those reviews, so thank you!

And please check out the book trailer! A big thank you to my brother for creating the video and my sister-in-law for doing the voice over. It’s nice to be related to video pros!

We’ve also had a couple reviews come in! A lovely blogDream Reader Kids on Instagram, and this review from a school librarian:

“Dinos, Daryl Dactyl and Steve Rex, are pizza chefs and extreme hide-and-go-seekers. In Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus, the pair invites readers to join them in an interactive game of hide-and-seek while their pizza bakes. Young children will need to observe the backyard setting carefully to spy the two, as each time the dinos hide, finding them becomes progressively more challenging. By round three, Steve is apparently hidden for good! Will the beeping of the pizza timer bring him out of hiding? With its colorful digital illustrations; comic book format; light-hearted dialogue; and invitation to play along, young readers are sure to enjoy Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus.”

Reviewed by Kathryn Wachs, Stormonth School Library Media Specialist

I had such a blast Friday night at KWiL Publishing’s release party! Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate at Third Space Brewing. Your support and enthusiasm meant the world to me! Here are a couple snapshots from the evening – I know there are a ton more, so please share! Thank you, Abby and Molly, for throwing such an amazing party to introduce Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus and to officially kick off KWiL Publishing right here in Milwaukee, WI – where books are just the beginning!

Left to right: Molly Damon, KWiL’s VP of Marketing & Sales; Me; Abby Nies Janowiec Founder & President of KWiL

Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus Release Party

Beth, me, and the most amazing Hide & Go Seek-themed bottle of wine I’ve ever seen, handcrafted by my wonderful friend Beth 🙂

Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus Release Party

Me with my brother Brian and sister-in-law Cheryl – the talent behind the book trailer!

Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus Release Party

Me with my awesome work friends!

Book Reading at the Release Party

Thank you Sam and Katy for helping me with the read aloud!

Thanks again for all the fun, everyone!

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Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus goes to print SOON!

Children's Books

I am so, so close to finishing Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus, I can taste it. And what does it taste like you might ask? Like an amazing, victorious PIZZA.

Here are some of the delicious-looking final copy proofs I’ve been circulating for final, final edits to make sure everything is just right:

Hide and Go Seek-a-Saurus Final Proofs

Even holding these booklet versions is really exciting, so I truly can’t wait to feel the real, live hardcover book (with lovely dust jacket) in my hands. The book releases March 6th! Which is just around the corner. More soon!

Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus Cover Reveal!

Children's Books

Today’s the day! I’m delighted to share the cover for my debut picture book Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus! It will be a real live book (made with the utmost love and care) that you can hold in your hands March 6, 2018!

Hide and Go Seek-A-Saurus by Sheri Roloff

KWiL Publishing did an awesome blog post about the cover reveal here. Stay tuned for updates and pre-ordering will be available soon!

BIG NEWS! My debut picture book is going to be published by KWiL!

Children's Books

My debut picture book Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus is set to be published by Milwaukee’s own KWiL Publishing in Spring 2018! KWiL has a cool business model as a small, startup publisher, and I’m excited to partner with them not only on the book, but also on promotions, community events and more! KWiL’s founder Abby Janowiec and I celebrated the contract signing by hanging out with the book’s main characters Steve and Daryl. We are pretty darn sneaky… 🙂

Sheri and Abby hanging out with Steve and Daryl

So what’s Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus about? I think KWiL puts it nicely:

“After a long and successful run of the Hide & Go Seek-A-Saurus show, Steve and Daryl are retired, relaxed and ready to eat pizza, lots and lots of pizza, until…a kid—the reader—shows up expecting a round of hide-and-go-seek. Reluctant as they may be, this dinomite duo never disappoints; and as soon as they pop the pizza in the oven and go over the rules, the countdown is on.

Alternately talking directly to the reader and arguing with each other over whom the reader found first, Steve and Daryl are a delight, and even more delightful to find, which is what readers are invited to do on three full spreads. Combine dinosaurs, pizza, hilarious countdowns and actual games of hide-and-go- seek, and young readers will be asking to read—or better yet—play with—this book over and over again.”

The story was inspired by several random things, including this drawing I posted in February, which then evolved into these guys:

Steve & Daryl by Sheri Roloff

The look of Steve and Daryl continued to evolve when I sketched out the entire story, so the Steve and Daryl you see in the final book will be a tad different than the drawing above. But I’m in the process of finalizing tweaks to the sketches and manuscript, and then I’m diving into final art. Stay tuned for teasers as it all comes together!

Tom & Gibson Sample Artwork

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Well… I fell off the Inktober bandwagon. Inking every day wasn’t the problem; it was the idea of sharing it every day. Sometimes the things I draw are best left inside a closed sketchbook! Once I realized that the thought of having to post something every day was not appealing to me, I remembered working on something every day was (like NaNoWriMo!). So I kept working on my main projects instead, which didn’t always involve inking or sharing.

Here’s one thing I finished up. It’s a sample page from Tom & Gibson: a quirky story about a pet and master power struggle. Meet Tom the walrus person and Gibson the purple cat.

Tom & Gibson Sample Art by Sheri Roloff

Impostor Squirrel Returns… in color!

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Reintroducing…. Impostor Squirrel! You may recall Impostor Squirrel from his black & white debuts here and here.

In other news, I’ve learned that both impostor and imposter are acceptable spellings. However, the consensus (based solely on a quick Google search) seems to be that impostor is more widely used and thus more preferable. Words with two accepted spellings make me feel weird… like I’m not 100% correct either way. Feel free to voice your preferred spelling in the comments below. 🙂

Squirrel Impostor of the Air by Sheri Roloff

Squirrel Impostor of the Sea by Sheri Roloff

From My Sketchbook: Brie Character Study

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I’m working on a character study for Brie: the main character in my story Alien Hunt. I’ve made some changes since my original drawing. I need to dive in a little deeper with more expressions and poses, and then next up are character studies for Ben and Bigglebee. That’s all for now. Thanks for tuning in!

Brie Character Sketches by Sheri Roloff

 

Wacky Wednesday Post #5: Get Down, Gibson!

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Hi, there! I don’t have many words to share in today’s Wacky Wednesday words + illustration post. In fact, I just have punctuation. Is that cheating? Eh… my blog – my rules!

Anyway, I’m pleased to introduce Tom and Gibson from my latest picture book idea.

Get Down, Gibson!