By: Monica Stoltzfus
Illustrated by: Alexandra MacVean
ClearFork Publishing, 2018
Pat is a young boy living in the big city. He begins each day with a huge smile. Pat greets his fuddy-duddy doorman with this same big smile. And nothing happens-or so Pat thinks. The reader is taken on a journey following a sequence of events, unknown to the main character, unfolding just how far that simple act of a smile went. And vise versa- what may not happen when Pat decides to stay in bed all day. THE RIPPLE is inspired by the beloved It’s a Wonderful Life, and aims to prove to one and all, just how important each person and a simple act of kindness can really be.
Alexandra H. MacVean is a full-time freelance award-winning children's illustrator based in Fort Collins, Colorado. She's a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Women's National Book Association, and theUnited States Board on Books for Young People. She's also a three-time Barnes & Noble Artist of the Month and her designs and illustrated children’s books can be found at various bookstores, coffee shops, and online children's magazines, both nationally and internationally - and more!
Born and raised in Southern Ohio, Alexandra grew up with 3 brothers, a dog, and her two best friends, Heather and Brian. Whether it’s red barns, squirrels or cozy front porches, you can find snippets from her childhood and everyday life, tucked within many of her magical illustrations.
Married to her best friend and confidant, Michael, who continually inspires her artistically as an illustrator. Sharing a love of family, tea, England and cozy winter days, they can often be found together each drawing works of whimsy, while bundled up with Alexandra’s 11-year-old Scottish terrier, Brendel.
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Monica Stoltzfus lives with her husband and three daughters just outside the Nation’s Capital in Alexandria, Virginia. Teaching Kindergarten in Maryland’s Public Schools for close to 10 years certainly fostered her love of picture books. Her most rewarding moments were teaching a child to read and write their own stories. She has been writing since an early age, and now gathers ideas from her life as an energetic Mother. When not writing for children, she is typing away for an older audience through her blog, Just Compose Yourself. Her deserted island must-haves would be gummy bears, peppermint Chapstick and her prayer journal. And she believes one hundred percent that you should never underestimate the power of a smile.
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*Monica and Alexandra are represented by Rebecca Angus of Golden Wheat Literary