Storytime with Lynn Becker and Scott Brundage

Saturday, November 18, 2023
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11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join local author Lynn Becker and illustrator Scott Brundage for a fun-filled Saturday storytime at TWJ Bookshop!  Scott will draw monsters and sea creatures at the request of attendees, and Lynn will provide a variety of sea monster-related crafts and activity sheets.

Following the sea shanty rhyme of "What Do You Do With . . . ," a ship's crew of sailors has to contend with a coterie of mythical sea creatures that includes a grumpy kraken, a sickly sea serpent, and a tearful gigantic tortoise, all demanding comfort and attention. Back matter includes information about the sea creatures featured, music and lyrics, along with a brief history of sea shanties.

What do you do with a grumpy kraken, a sickly sea serpent, and a tearful gigantic tortoise? You sing them a tune, of course! Following the sea shanty rhyme of "What Do You Do With . . . ," a ship's crew of sailors has to contend with a coterie of mythical sea creatures, all demanding comfort and attention. As each creature threatens to swamp the ship, the quick-thinking crew knows just what to do to save the day, from serving pancakes to mopping a sweaty forehead to sharing an umbrella to keep the rain away. But what happens when the sailors have had enough? Back matter includes information about the sea creatures featured, music and lyrics, along with a brief history of sea shanties.

Lynn has been a reader and creator all her life. These days, when she’s not writing picture books or children’s book reviews, she’s hiking, doing yoga, and dreaming up even more picture books. After growing up in New York, Lynn spent many years in the Southern California desert with her husband, children, cats, dog, and lots and lots of chickens. She now lives in Colorado. The chickens stayed behind, but a few mythical beasties may have followed her to her new home…!

Her debut picture book, MONSTERS IN THE BRINY, illustrated by Scott Brundage (Sleeping Bear Press), has been named a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of 2022 and was named one of School Library Journal's 2022 Picture Book Read-Alouds. JUNE MOON, illustrated by Nate Carvalho (Familius), comes out in 2024.

Scott was born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut. He began working professionally while studying at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA after winning a children’s helmet design contest. His helmet design was later created and sold by Bell Helmets, protecting and decorating young heads nationwide.

His work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators 57, American Illustration 29, Spectrum 19, 20, 22, 23, 24 and won a Silver award in Spectrum Fantastic Art 18 and Bronze award in Illustration West 55. His paintings have been seen in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Tor Books, AARP, The Washington Post and many others.

Scott enjoys creating entertaining watercolor images and running in very short shorts in urban environments that tend to be somewhat unready for such sights.