Julia Denos: What's up Mr. Schu!
E.B. Goodale: Hi John! Thanks for helping us celebrate the book trailer for Windows.
Thank you both for visiting Watch. Connect. Read. to finish my sentences and celebrate the book trailer. Shall we get started?
Julia and E.B.: YES!
The book trailer for Windows was so much fun to make! Julia and I spent a day together in my studio crafting it and making our little world come to life. Windows has been a true collaboration between the two of us since the beginning and animating it felt like the culmination of our work together.
My husband, Jeff Allen, is a sound designer and composer for video games and so naturally I asked him to write the music for the trailer. We have never had an opportunity to collaborate until now and it was a blast! He has been a part of the Windows journey since the beginning as well (the interior apartment in the book is based on our real life home and neighborhood) and so having his soundtrack is the cherry on top of it all.
When I received the manuscript for Windows, I actually cried! It is a sweet, simple story that highlights the beauty in the everyday and sparks joy in my heart.
Julia Denos and I first met working in a children's bookstore together many years ago and have been best buds ever since. This collaboration has been many years in the making and so we are VERY excited to share it with the world!Windows tells the story of evening in a local neighborhood. It's all about that crepuscular time between night and day when the lights turn on in the windows down your street. Taking a walk through your neighborhood becomes a new experience.
E.B. Goodale's cover illustration captures the heart of that feeling: being outside, being inside. In just one moment you can pass by many worlds different from your own, but all of them "home".
Windows is my debut picture book text (as author only) for Candlewick Press. I wrote it with Emily in mind. I've always been moved by her atmospheric art and we have a similar taste in the stories we love, so it felt right to begin making books together. It's an honor to work with her.
Look for Windows on October 17, 2017.