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  • Writer's pictureLori Mortensen

Arlo Draws an Octopus

The word is out!

My new picture book, Arlo Draws an Octopus, illustrated by terrific Rob Sayegh Jr., is scheduled to be released by Abrams May 4, 2021.

Hooray! I'm especially excited about this picture book because it all began with my own memories of drawing with my sister. Long ago, we used to sit at the kitchen table and draw, draw, draw. Since my sister was nearly three years older than me, it seemed like her drawings were always better than mine. Why couldn't I draw like her? I'm sure I crumpled up a few disaster-pieces, much like Arlo in my story.

Still, I watched and learned. It was fun trying to draw the characters we saw in our comic books such as Archie and Veronica and Millie the Model, along with many of our own originals. Hopefully, readers will enjoy reading Arlo Draws an Octopus as much as I enjoyed writing it--and drawing a few octopuses of their own!

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