Inky Out in the World

"Inky's Amazing Escape" was released into the world this week and already has a fan! Babies can read too, right?


Elephants Love Their Mamas Too

Find out more about these fascinating animals, buy a children's book with all proceeds going to protect them. Click here.

The Gray Adventure

A new book and a great cause:

"The Gray Adventure" was written and self published by Lisa Chong, M.D. All proceeds will go to the Elephant Nature Park. There is a website where you can purchase books that tells more about the author, illustrator, and the cause. It was an honor to be asked to illustrate this book.

Inky's Amazing Escape Release


" Inky's Amazing Escape" is due to ship out on Sept 25th. You can pre-order at your favorite online or local book vendor. You can also check this link as well. You can also see a video on my Instagram.


Original Art Show

So excited to find out "Hidden City" was accepted into the Society of Illustrator's Original Art Show.
Here is a spread from the book - Fall moving into Winter.


Inky's in the House

I had a good mail day this week:

I post most of my current information on Instagram - you can follow me more closely here.
"Inky's Amazing Escape": release date Sept 25th.
See blog sidebar for ordering information. More info to come later.


Inky's Amazing Escape - another review

School Library Journal has some nice things to say about "Inky's Amazing Escape".

MONTGOMERY, Sy. Inky’s Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home. illus. by Amy Schimler-Safford. 32p. bibliog. further reading. S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Oct. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534401914.
PreS-Gr 2–Montgomery (2015’s The Octopus Scientists and The Soul of an Octopus) has channeled her considerable octopus knowledge into a narrative nonfiction picture book based on an incident at a New Zealand aquarium. After a lobsterman took a young injured octopus to a nearby aquarium, it healed and grew, eventually finding its way back to the Pacific Ocean. Montgomery uses age-appropriate language to convey an impressive amount of information. The text is accessible and makes use of relatable comparisons to everyday items such as grains of rice and soccer balls. No background knowledge of octopuses is assumed, but two terms, beak and jet are used without explanation; readers may be able to infer their meanings from the text. Inky is assigned thoughts and feelings, although as the text explains, changes in the octopus’s skin color can indicate emotions. Schimler-Safford’s engaging mixed-media collages in realistic colors, some reminiscent of Eric Carle, fill the page and beautifully complement the narrative—readers will want to closely inspect all the details. Back matter includes an endnote describing other octopus escapes, “Eight Fun Octopus Facts” (which are a simplified version of the “Octet of Octo Facts” in The Octopus Scientists), a short bibliography, and links to news stories about Inky’s escape. VERDICT Montgomery’s expertise and the gorgeous illustrations make this a fine purchase for libraries serving early elementary students.–Judy Poyer, Anne Arundel County Public Library, MD