Writing and illustrating children's literature sounds like a cushy job, but in order for books to sell, they must be beautifully illustrated and feature a worthy moral lesson woven into an engaging tale. If an author wants to enjoy longevity in the industry, he or she must be able to make lightning strike on multiple occasions.
Author and illustrator Jan Brett has done just that many times over. She is on a 24-city tour promoting the release of her newest book and a DVD version of one of her classics. The tour will bring Brett to Meridian on Sunday, Nov. 20, to meet her fans.
Her latest book, Home for Christmas, takes place in Sweden and follows the journey of a runaway troll adopted by a moose family along the way. She has also released a DVD version of her best-selling book The Night Before Christmas, which features music by the Boston Pops Orchestra.
Brett decided to become a children's author and illustrator when she was a young girl. She attended the Boston Museum School and spent countless hours in the Museum of Fine Arts studying landscape paintings, sculptures and ancient porcelain.
Brett draws inspiration from visiting different countries with her husband, where she researches customs, architecture and wildlife. Many of her books take place in foreign locales such as South Africa, Norway and the Arctic, and feature a menagerie of animals, including armadillos, hedgehogs and polar bears.
As an artist, Brett pays careful attention to detail when portraying animals and plant life. For an upcoming book, Mossy, she collected several specimens of wild flowers in order to represent them accurately.
If you stop by Brett's Christmas-themed tour bus, be sure to take a picture and submit it to her Facebook page for a chance to win a set of 10 books.