Sharing a sneak peak at the next new release from Picklefish Press - written by JTK Belle and illustrated by the amazingly talented Sabine Mielke. The office is filled with anticipation, as we approach the release date for the story of these two irrepressible anteaters sparring over the merits of eating ants, and their tension-filled journey toward The Peanut Butter & Jelly Deli.
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Picklefish Records releases new single, Katherine’s Bike Was Wonderfully Strange (The Song), based on the award-winning children’s picture book. From the album, The Very Best of Picklefish (2018-2019, The Early Years).
Katherine's Bike Was Wonderfully Strange was named the winner of Pacific Book Review's Best Illustrated Children's Book Award for 2018.
JTK Belle (an acronym/pseudonym for Jeff, Tommy, and Katie Belle) offers a fun tale of animals playing hide-and-go-seek on the African savannah, highlighting a standout player whose name gives the picture book its title, Freeda the Cheetah.
As the story begins, a lion, elephant, zebra, hippo, and many other animals play alongside each other peacefully. The book sets Freeda apart on page 8: “But the very best player of/ hide-and-go-seek/ was Freeda the Cheetah/ of Mozambique.”
The game proceeds, but as the other animals are found one by one, Freeda remains hidden. Although all the animals pitch in to help find her, their efforts prove unsuccessful. The story concludes with Freeda carefully hidden behind a bush, and an interactive challenge posed for readers to find her.
The book’s writing is simple, rhyming and rhythmic, and contains some clever, Suessian turns: “No one knows where she hides/ but they know where she doesn’t/ because the places they looked/ were the places she wasn’t.”
There’s not much more to the plot. Freeda doesn’t get lost or into any trouble, and there’s no lesson conveyed. But this is part of the book’s appeal: it’s an uncomplicated, enjoyable experience for young readers.
It’s important that a book like Freeda the Cheetah, which relies heavily on its illustrations, contain images that hold children’s attention, and that requirement is met with excellent, full color, computer-aided illustrations and well-designed two-page spreads. The book’s final page features a charming, hand-drawn map of Africa, showing the location of Mozambique and the continent’s other countries. One minor issue: Trees at a distance are rendered as tall stalks with horizontal disks representing their foliage, which sometimes makes Freeda’s domain seem like an alien landscape, rather than an African savannah.
Overall, though, Freeda the Cheetah takes a simple concept and executes it with aplomb. The result is a delightful read for elementary school-level children.
During a routine bathtime, a young boy is joined by a wild bunch of messy and amusing animals in this picture book.
“Tommy O’Tom / was taking a bath / when in walked a hippo—and then a giraffe.” So begins this comical story; soon, these creatures climb into the tub and a flamingo, zebra, and elephant shortly join them. They whimsically splash around, take note of interesting bathroom features, write on the mirror, and track mud and feathers. When Hippo complains that the water’s too cold, they turn on the shower, spraying it onto the wall. When Tommy’s mom arrives, she’s shocked by the mess. When he attempts to explain, he sees that “the animals had all disappeared!” Belle (Freeda the Cheetah, 2017, etc.) has perfectly captured the imagination of children in this lively book. The opening lines set a bouncy limerick pattern that makes it very entertaining to read aloud, although in some places the anapestic meter isn’t as clear. Thankfully, the author successfully avoids awkward, forced rhymes. Motz’s (The Ocean’s Power, 2018, etc.) precise illustrations are vivid, offering humorous details, particularly characters’ facial expressions. Colored text, corresponding with each character’s dialogue, adds interest and will help children follow the story.
A delightful read-aloud book with sharp illustrations and energetic text.
Chief Creative Officer Thomas J. Belle approving the proof for Tommy O'Tom in a Tub O'Trouble. Hardcover release date is on track for 2/28/18...
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Behind the scenes at the worldwide headquarters of Picklefish Press: the Editor-in-Chief reviews the storyboard for Tommy O'Tom in a Tub O'Trouble...
"This fun tale of animals playing hide-and-go-seek on the African savanna highlights a standout player whose name gives the picture book its title, Freeda the Cheetah. "The very best player of/ hide-and-go-seek/ was Freeda the Cheetah/ of Mozambique," writes the author.
As the other animals are found one by one, Freeda remains hidden. The story concludes with Freeda carefully concealed behind a bush, and an interactive challenge posed for readers to find her.
The book's writing is simple, rhyming and rhythmic, and contains clever, Suessian turns: "No one knows where she hides/ but they know where she doesn't/ because the places they looked/ were the places she wasn't."
This is an uncomplicated, enjoyable experience for young readers with excellent, full color, computer-aided illustrations and well-designed two-page spreads. The book's final page features a charming, hand-drawn map of Africa, showing the location of Mozambique and the continent's other countries.
Freeda the Cheetah takes a simple concept and executes it with aplomb. The result is a delightful read for elementary school-level children." -Booklist/BlueInk Review
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If you're ever in Seabrook, WA, the inspiration for Katherine's Bike Was Wonderfully Strange, stop by the Seabrook Kids Store and pick up a copy of the book...
Katie & Dad Productions Renamed Picklefish Press
Rebranding required due to 100% expansion in title count and 50% increase in staffing levels
[SEATTLE] -- January 14, 2017 -- Katie and Dad today announced that from now on the company will be known as Picklefish Press.
Katie & Dad Productions is an independent multimedia and entertainment company based in Seattle, Washington, specializing in poems about hard-to-find cheetahs.
Tom Belle Joins Katie & Dad Productions as Chief Creative Officer
Katie says she looks forward to working with Mr. Belle in his new role contributing to the company's second release, Freeda the Cheetah
[SEATTLE] -- July 4, 2017 -- Katie and Dad today announced the addition of Thomas J. Belle to the executive team at Katie & Dad Productions. Mr. Belle will serve as Chief Creative Officer, and provide much-needed support for the company's second release, FREEDA THE CHEETAH.
Mr. Belle had previously served in a consulting capacity for Katie & Dad Productions, coming up with the name and the backstory for FREEDA THE CHEETAH, a tale of the world's best player of hide-and-go-seek. Raised in Mozambique and unusually skilled at avoiding detection, Freda the Cheetah remains in hiding, even as every animal on the savanna joins in the search.
"We're going to need a new name for this company," said Mr. Belle.
Freeda the Cheetah can be read at Tapastic.com: https://tapastic.com/episode/566789
Katie & Dad Productions is an independent multimedia and entertainment company based in Seattle, Washington, specializing in poems about magical bicycles and hard-to-find cheetahs.
Katie and Dad Announce the Launch of Katie & Dad Productions
New Multimedia and Entertainment Company
First release is titled Katherine's Bike Was Wonderfully Strange, the tale of the world’s best
player of hide-and-go-seek
[SEATTLE] -- January 14, 2017 -- Katie and Dad today announced the formation of a new multimedia and entertainment company, Katie & Dad Productions. The new business launches with offices in Katie's room and Dad’s chair in the den.
The first release from Katie & Dad Productions is Katherine's Bike Was Wonderfully Strange, the poetic tale of a girl and her magic bicycle, which changes the weather whenever she changes gears.
Katherine G. Belle, who brings extensive experience in art and art supply purchasing, will serve as Editor-in-Chief. Jeff Belle, who took several creative writing classes in college, will serve as Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief.
"I'm super excited about this," Ms. Belle said. "Can we go to the art store? And then Office Depot?"
"Sure," said Mr. Belle.
An initial round of funding totaled just over $23 and came from Ms. Belle's allowance and several years of compensation for lost teeth. These funds will be allocated toward start-up costs, including 11x11 canvasses, three ring binders, a hole punch, an assortment of washable tempera paints and multi-packs of pastel-colored Post-It notes.
Major expansions are planned, including the addition of several part-time, unpaid editorial and administrative positions. The labor market in the immediate vicinity of the current offices looks promising.
Katie & Dad Productions is an independent multimedia and entertainment company based in Seattle, Washington, specializing in poems about weather-changing bicycles.