Roxie is the acclaimed author/illustrator of over 30 books for children (including Mazescapes; Amazement Park; The Inside-Outside Books of New York City [New York Times Best Illustrated Award], Washington DC, Texas, London, Paris, Libraries; Feathers, Flaps & Flops; Doors; Gargoyles, Girders & Glass Houses; The Great Bridge-Building Contest; Ranch; Wild West Trail Ride Maze; Circus; Mazeways; Rodeo; Texas Rangers; Go!Go!Go! (2008), and Inside-Outside Dinosaurs (2009).
An artist from the age of six, when she won first prize in a county-wide contest for a painting of a bowl of fruit, she has supported herself all her life on her art, at one point freelancing in Washington DC as a television courtroom artist. Clients included CBS, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press.
She also creates oils, watercolors, prints, and drawings, primarily cityscapes, which are exhibited widely in the US in galleries and museums. Roxie’s work is in numerous private, public, and corporate collections. Fourteen of her paintings have appeared as covers of The New Yorker magazine.
Roxie Munro studied at the University of Maryland, the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore), received a BFA in Painting from the University of Hawaii, attended graduate school at Ohio University (Athens), and received a Yaddo Fellowship. She lectures in museums, schools, conventions, and teaches in the Paint in Italy program.
Many oils and watercolors are views from the roof of her sky-lighted loft studio in Long Island City, just across the East River from her home in mid-Manhattan. Roxie is married to the Swedish writer/photographer, Bo Zaunders.
This book is an excellent example of a very effective, informational picture book. Each of the ten birds is introduced in a two page spread; on one side the eggs are shown with the question “Can you guess whose eggs these are?” On the facing page, clues about the species of bird are given in an egg or cloud shaped balloon. The following spread provides a clear illustration of the bird and it’s young in its habitat, along with another balloon giving the bird’s name and further information. At the bottom right, other creatures in the habitat are listed (as well as shown in the illustration). Those whose reading skills or command of English are not quite up to the level of the text can glean a great deal of information from the realistic illustrations. The back matter includes a glossary and a listing of book and web resources. This book would be a valuable resource for both primary and middle school classrooms. 2011, Marshall Cavendish, $17.99. Ages 6 to 12. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry (Children’s Literature).
Ecomazes: Twelve Earth Adventures
The challenge with this interactive nonfiction selection is to find the hidden animals in the 12 different ecosystems. Readers will weave their way through the mazes as they find the different animals which the author has listed on each page. After the colorful illustrations are explored for each ecosystem, in the back of the book the reader will find further information about the different ecosystems including the tropical rainforest, desert, coral reef, alpine high mountain, the Arctic polar, wetland, tundra, grasslands, Antarctic polar, savanna, conifer forest, and temperate forest. The informational pages also include the key to find the animals in each ecosystem. Sources are listed along with websites for further information. This is a good addition to the science section of a library or any classroom. Nonfiction. Grades 2-4. 2010, Sterling, Unpaged., $14.95. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Maria Medina (The Lorgnette-Heart of Texas Reviews (Vol. 23, No. 1)).
Dinosaur lovers from three to ninety-three will happily pore over Munro’s celebration of dinosaurs. In each spread, the text is limited to a labels of the featured dinosaur’s name. The official name appears in giant red letters at the top left corner, while the English-language meaning appears in smaller black letters in the lower right corner. For example, the first spread introduces us to Brachiosaurus, explained as “armed lizard.” Spreading over the two pages is a drawing of that dinosaur’s skeleton. The next page spread shows the fleshed-out version in a picture that includes other dinosaurs and creatures that lived during the same time period. At the end of the book, Munro provides a key with a nice snippet of information about the featured dinosaur as well as a color code that labels the other dinosaurs in the spread. This flexible format allows the “expert” readers to have all the fun of showing off their ability to name attributes and companions of the major dinosaurs while providing a way to check themselves. This should be a hot item in museum bookstores as well as in school and classroom libraries. 2009, Marshall Cavendish, $17.99. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry (Children’s Literature).
School Visits: Roxie will visit 3 classes (35-45 minutes each with 10-15 minute Q&A) per day, with a book signing session. Fee: $1200/day plus travel expenses. Programs are tailored for grade level, venue, and class size, but the following gives an idea of the content and possibilities.
- Show art and talk about Inside-Outside Dinosaurs. Read and discuss recent lift-the-flap fold-out books (Go!Go!Go! and Rodeo). Show Mazeways: A to Z alphabet art (A is for Airport, B is for Boatyard, C is for Circus, etc) – good for letter recognition. Presentation also can include distribution of some dinosaur or letter coloring pages.
Grades 3-5: Several programs are available (can be combined).
- Read and talk about Inside-Outside Dinosaurs.
- How a lift-the-flap book is made (Go!Go!Go! and Rodeo)
- Maze program: Show art and discuss and the 5 maze books (Mazescapes; Amazement Park; Wild West Trail Ride Maze; Mazeways: A to Z, and a preview of upcoming EcoMazes: 12 Earth Adventures). Can also teach students how to make a Geometric and/or a Random Roxie Reversing Maze. Possible giveaways: Three-part maze, or several of the letter mazes, including finding elements. All can be colored in also.
- Biography program: Read and talk about characters in Crocodiles Camels & Dugout Canoes; Feathers Flaps & Flops; Gargoyles Girders & Glass Houses; and The Great Bridge-Building Contest.
Grades 6 and up: Several programs are available.
- My art career, from childhood to present. Show how to make a book including research, storyboards, dummies, rough sketches, text, and finished art from actual books. How publishing works.
- Biography program: Show art and talk about characters in Crocodiles Camels & Dugout Canoes; Feathers Flaps & Flops; Gargoyles Girders & Glass Houses; and The Great Bridge-Building Contest.
- Mastering the Maze (PowerPoint): How my maze idea developed, a brief overview of mazes and labyrinths (history and geography of mazes), how to make a Geometric Maze and a Random Roxie Reversing Maze, examples of Real Life Mazes, a sampling of Mazeways: A to Z, and a preview of upcoming EcoMazes: 12 Earth Adventures.
- For special or regional audiences, I do a Western- or Texas-themed talk with Ranch, Rodeo, Wild West Trail Ride Maze, Texas Rangers: Legendary Lawmen, The Inside-Outside Book of Texas, and the upcoming Desert Days, Desert Nights.
- Have an architecture-themed talk: highlights from the Inside-Outside series, Architects Make Zigzags (Looking at Architecture from A to Z), and Gargoyles, Girders & Glass Houses. In 2010 I will have another exciting Inside-Outside book about a famous American architect!.
- In spring 2010, EcoMazes: 12 Earth Adventures and Desert Days, Desert Nights will be published. I will have a program based upon these two books, with the focus on the ecology and science involved.
Fees are generally $1200 a day, with travel expenses (airfare, train, inexpensive hotel, if necessary). Two schools can share me for day, if they are close together and transportation between them provided (2 programs per school/$650 per school). Two or more schools in the same town or county sometimes arrange visits on consecutive days, thus sharing transportation costs.
Adult Programs (conferences, workshops, teachers, librarians, etc): Typically, a 45-minute PowerPoint, with Q&A and a signing session. Presentations and teaching varies depending upon venue and time.
- “Where do you get your ideas?” This presentation highlights my career and the progression from the Inside-Outside Books through lift-the-flap and maze books, discussing how each concept builds upon the others. It also covers how I make a book, from research through storyboards, dummies, rough sketches to finished art and text, as well as how publishing works: the current children’s book world including creative and editorial process through marketing and book publication, trends and publishing tips in today’s market.
- For western audiences, a program on the research and writing/illustration of my six western-themed books (The Inside-Outside Book of Texas, Ranch, Wild West Trail Ride Maze, Rodeo, Texas Rangers: Legendary Lawmen, and a preview of the upcoming Desert Days, Desert Nights).
- Mastering the Maze: How the maze idea developed, a brief overview of mazes and labyrinths (history and geography of mazes), how to make a Geometric Maze and a Random Roxie Reversing Maze, examples of Real Life Mazes, a sampling of the editorial decisions and research, storyboards, dummies, sketches, and art of Mazescapes, Amazement Park, Wild West Trail Ride, Mazeways: A to Z, and a preview of EcoMazes: 12 Earth Adventures.
- The research and development of the Inside-Outside series (New York City, Washington DC, London, Paris, Texas, Libraries, and a new Inside-Outside book on a famous American architect, pub 2010).
- Teaching/workshops: Above subjects, plus Watercolor and/or drawing classes. Or How to publish a children’s book.
Fee : contact us for a specific price quote. All travel and lodging expenses are to be covered by the booking organization.
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