Today’s Creative Kid has a ton of talent! Meet Emma Wosje, author and illustrator of the book “Red the Cardinal.”
Red the Cardinal
By Emma Wosje
Published on Lulu.com by Emma Wosje on January 31, 2013
24 pages – ages 5+
Red the Cardinal has a great message that kids and adults will love (and the cover art is awesome)!
The mean Mr. Oris, a horned owl, keeps stealing Red the cardinal’s food. Red is upset, and takes his frustrations out by makes things hard for a couple of house finches nearby. Red learns that just because YOU are bullied, doesn’t mean that you can bully others!
Emma was nice enough to answer some questions about herself!
How old are you and in what grade?
I am in 5th grade and I am 11 years old.
HEY! Me too! Which do you like better, writing or illustrating?
I love illustrating a little bit more than writing, because it has been easier for me to express myself and my feelings with visual art more than with writing. Writing is something that I am still learning to master and I am enjoying it very much! I have been doing visual artwork for quite awhile — in a pretty serious way, but I didn’t start to really get serious about writing until this year. For fun, my mom contacted a teacher to tutor me in writing and, I think, that has helped me to figure out how to express myself and my feelings in my writing.
Well, you sure are good at both! What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be an illustrator and an author of books about fun adventures and fantasy. If not an illustrator, I also love doing lots of different kinds of art. My favorites are sketching and 3 dimensional art. For 3-D art I especially like reusing recyclable items and using fabrics or clay to make my final pieces.
Besides writing and drawing what else do you like to do?
I love to read and go outside with my friends, family, and my dog, Duke. I also like to play many sports including lacrosse, field hockey, and running. I am hoping to be able to play lacrosse or field hockey when I grow up too.
How did you get the idea for your book and to self-publish it?
I was given this project in school to write and illustrate a book that had a moral as part of the story. The idea of bullying as the moral immediately came to me. After I wrote the book, my mom helped me create the published version of it. When it arrived in the mail in its published format, I decided it could be much more than just a school project. My mom and I decided we wanted to raise money for one of our favorite charities, Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, and so I have been selling it and giving 50 percent of the proceeds to Lost Dog. That has been my favorite part — helping the dogs and cats find homes.
I think it is totally AWESOME that you donate part of your profits to such a good cause! Thanks Emma!
Here is some more fabulous artwork by Emma.
Find Emma’s book on Lulu.com by clicking HERE. Find it on iTunes HERE. Follow Emma on twitter @RedtheCardinal !