Last summer I worked on illustrations for a middle grade chapter book, Gilly & the Snowcats, by R. S. Bovard. The book was recently released in December through Mill City Press, and is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble online. I enjoyed working on this adventurous book with a strong, young female lead, creating the book cover, a map of Alaska, and seventeen interior drawings. The book cover was created with watercolor, colored pencil, and acryla gouache; the map is ink on vellum; and the interior drawings are pencil.
From the back cover: “The Iditarod dogsled race is a big deal in Gillian Wells’s hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. Twelve-year-old Gilly knows the names of all the famous mushers and admires the women most of all. Gilly wants to join this brave group of women and complete the dogsled race herself. The only problem? She likes cats.
“Gilly’s dad, an experienced Iditarod racer, is doubtful of Gilly’s goal, but she wastes no time proving him wrong. After all, she already has two cats, Lola and Shadow, and after a few fateful encounters, is able to recruit seven more intrepid felines. Gilly’s good fortune continues: her mom and dad will be away on vacation the very same time as the race!
“Though Gilly has luck and determination on her side, her journey will be challenging. Training her team of cats is only the first battle, and then there’s Mean Zeke to contend with. Soon, Gilly encounters obstacles from the natural world and beyond. Can she and her team of felines manage, against all odds, to complete the race? It is an Iditarod finish like no other.”