Children’s author pays visit to library
North Wales Area Library closed registration after 50 parents and children signed up.
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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.
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Kulka, whose has had his works published in “Highlights” magazine, shared other examples of his work, some of which can be seen at www.joekulka.com.
“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.
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.