Chil­dren’s au­thor pays visit to li­brary

North Penn Life - - Datebook - By Brian Binga­man bbinga­man@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

North Wales Area Li­brary closed reg­is­tra­tion af­ter 50 par­ents and chil­dren signed up.

The guest of honor they came to see at Wed­nes­day’s /LWHUDUy /unFK HYHnW Ln WKH li­brary’s community room was chil­dren’s au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor Joe Kulka, who JUHw uS Ln SHOOHUVYLOOH DnG OLYHV nHDU WKH QuDNHUWRwn Farm­ers Mar­ket.

Be­sides the three books he has writ­ten and il­lus­trated — “The Rope,” “Here Comes Wolf,” “saca­tion’s 2YHU! 5HWuUn RI WKH DLnRsaurs” and the forth­com­ing “My Croc­o­dile Does Not Bite” — Kulka has ilOuVWUDWHG VHYHUDO WLWOHV IRU other authors, in­clud­ing a se­ries of books fea­tur­ing the char­ac­ters from the board game Candy­land, DnG ERRNV WKDW UHYLYH WKH LFRnLF, HnYLURnPHnWDOOy FRnVFLRuV SuEOLF VHUYLFH an­nounce­ment char­ac­ters Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl.

“, VDw Rn D JRYHUnPHnW web­site they were look­ing for [a Smokey/Woodsy artist]. I did a full il­lus­tra­tion and they liked what they saw,” Kulka said while sign­ing books for a le­gion of young fans.

SHYHn-yHDU-ROG -uDn )HU­nan­dez, a fan of Kulka’s book “The Rope,” lit up when Kulka showed a slide of a page of the Span­ish YHUVLRn RI KLV :RRGVy 2wO ABC book.

In in­tro­duc­ing him­self to the chil­dren, Kulka asked them to de­scribe what he does. Mix­ing de­scrip­tions of writ­ing and il­lus­trat­ing, one re­sponse was “writ­ing the pic­tures” — an an­swer the Kulka en­joyed.

“As I write my ideas out, the pic­tures come to me,” he said.

Kulka took the au­diHnFH LnVLGH KLV FUHDWLYH process by read­ing “Here Comes Wolf,” ex­plain­ing its mes­sage of not judg­ing “peo­ple or things till you know what they’re about,” telling how his son, Michael, in­spired the book, show­ing parts of the “dummy” draft that he sub­mit­ted to the pub­lisher and point­ing out a se­ries of bal­loons hid­den within the book’s il­lus­tra­tions WKDW RIIHU FOHYHU IRUHVKDGow­ing clues that the book wLOO KDYH D KDSSy HnGLnJ.

HH HYHn GHPRnVWUDWHG the Paint pro­gram for Google Chrome, adding a T-bone steak and chat­ter­ing teeth to an il­lus­tra­tion from “Here Comes Wolf.”

Kulka, whose has had his works pub­lished in “High­lights” mag­a­zine, shared other ex­am­ples of his work, some of which can be seen at

“If you guys like to write and draw, I en­cour­age you to stick with it,” he said. “It helps to sharpen your mind and makes your school­work eas­ier.”

“I like ‘The Rope’,” said Char­lotte Jaffe, 7, of North :DOHV. “0y IDYRULWH SDUW DERuW ‘The Rope’ is at the end.”

“The books are nice be­cause he puts inside jokes in them,” said Jaffe’s mother, Elisa, who said she has en­joyed the li­brary’s sum­mer fam­ily pro­gram­ming.

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Char­lotte Jaffe, cen­ter, and her brother, Har­ri­son, get a book signed by Joe Kulka.

Chi­dren’s au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor Joe Kulka reads one of his books to his young fans.

Pho­tos by GE­OFF PATTON

Young­sters, some with their moth­ers, wait in line at the North Wales Li­brary Aug. 1 to see a pro­gram by chil­dren’s au­thor John Kulka.

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