Bedtime Bliss: Jane Smiley’s
and Lauren Castillo’s Twenty Yawns

h1 April 12th, 2016 by jules

Sketch and final art: “She spread her blankie over them and kissed them good night. Now they looked sleepy and happy.”


Hello, Imps. I was out of town, and I missed blogging. But I’m back.

And today I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley’s debut picture book, Twenty Yawns (Two Lions, April 2016), illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Such a good one. Here’s the review if you want to read about it, and Lauren shares here today some process images and final art.



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Character studies
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Cover thumbnails


Cover sketches


Final cover


Color sketches and final art: “The beach umbrella was flapping in the breeze.
Not far from the waves, Lucy was digging a hole all by herself.”

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Color sketch and final art: “Lucy walked with Mom and Dad
all the way to the end of the beach.”

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Color sketch and final art: “Lucy started to carry Molasses back to her bed. But the other toys were looking at her, even Leonard, the baby kangaroo. They seemed lonely.”
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Lauren: “The drawings on Lucy’s wall in the book are actual drawings I made as a kid. Slightly altered, but for the most part I tried to keep them as I made them back then. [Pictured here are] two photos I have of the original art, plus how it looks in the book.”
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TWENTY YAWNS. Copyright © 2016 Jane Smiley. Illustrations copyright © 2016 Lauren Castillo. Published by Two Lions, New York. All images used by permission of Lauren Castillo.

2 comments to “Bedtime Bliss: Jane Smiley’s
and Lauren Castillo’s Twenty Yawns

  1. Great blog! I especially enjoyed seeing the process and incorporation of your childhood sketches in your book! How wonderful! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Love seeing how you incorporated your childhood artwork into your illustrations. I saved all the books I wrote as a child, and the pictures I drew … I’ve always envisioned using them for future picture book inspiration. Enjoyed this very much.

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