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Mrs. D.

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in Lviv, Ukraine
October 02, 1959

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Olga D'Agostino (known as Mrs. D.) is an award-winning children’s author (recipient of multiple Mom’s Choice Awards, Beverly Hills Book Awards, and International Readers’ Favorite Awards). She lived and worked in Lviv, a cultural center in western Ukraine, before immigrating to the United States in 1992. In 2012 she published her first children’s book, and since then she’s pursued a career as a writer, focusing on writing children’s books that have meaning and provide valuable lessons. She speaks many languages, loves reading, writing, gardening, and traveling. Her award-winning illustrated children’s books include The Trees Have Hearts, Good Morning, World!, The City Kittens and the Old House Cat, Runaway Clothes, The Little Girl Praying o ...more

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Mrs. D. Dear Jocelyne,
Thank you very much for purchasing my book Carlo the Mouse on Vacation.
Juli Hasegawa, who illustrated most of my books, really did a…more
Dear Jocelyne,
Thank you very much for purchasing my book Carlo the Mouse on Vacation.
Juli Hasegawa, who illustrated most of my books, really did a great job. Please visit my website www.mrsdbooks.net and click on YouTube icon or go to my blog http://mrsdbooks.blogspot.com/ and click on BookBuzzr icon and look inside each book. Her amazing illustrations are full of color and fun. In print, this book looks more attractive than I expected. Juli's talent is apparent in each stroke of her pen. Her characters and illustrations are vibrant and fun. Her work is soft and light, the soft touch of art mixed with Japanese and Western style. She is an extremely creative and devoted artist. She likes to create adorable, mischievous characters in light pastel colors. She is also excellent in a realistic style. Experienced with both dark and light colors, Juli continues to work on my series of books on the Mouse Carlo and a few other books. She is an extremely ambitious, creative, and talented young artist, and always impresses readers with her ​​beautiful and unusual art. She is also known as Chanoa. For more information, please email Chanoa: monmumo@yahoo.co.jp
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Mrs. D. Thank you for your question, Jocelyne. Writing for children is like playing a game: you win or you lose. There is no middle ground. I must surround…moreThank you for your question, Jocelyne. Writing for children is like playing a game: you win or you lose. There is no middle ground. I must surround myself with their imagination. I must go to their level and see the story from their viewpoint. Children have a most unpredictable imagination and hunger for knowledge. If I do not get their attention from the first paragraph, then I have lost them. I must also see the story from the viewpoint of their parents. It is hard to be a grown-up and child at the same time, and that is why writing for children is not an easy task. What I like most about writing for children is reliving the special moments, when I feel as if I am a child again. When my story makes me laugh or cry, then I know I got it right. In my opinion, children’s books must teach both child and parent.
However, as much as I like creating stories, my best part is working with the illustrator and watching the characters come to life. It is a very intensive, but thrilling process. First, I write notes for the illustrator and describe each character and scene. Then, based on descriptions, the illustrator creates the characters. We go back and forth frequently with the first sketches until we get it right and we are both satisfied. After that, the illustrator is working on the sketches and I keep writing. It takes a long time before I see how the illustrations will appear in book form. Before the coloring stage, we correct every small detail. Each illustration must represent the story correctly. Usually I do not see the coloured illustrations until they are completed. Once they are coloured, I can finally see my words transformed into pictures. However, the work does not stop there. We still correct images, check faces for consistency, and other small elements that we may have overlooked during the sketching stage. Sometimes it takes time and sometimes it goes easy, but it is worth our sweat and efforts, because a child who spends time with a well-written and well-illustrated book will want to read it over and over, and eventually will grow into a lifelong reader. I am a self-published author. (less)
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Martha Perez Hi Olga! Happy to be connecting with you :) My granddaughters loved your books.
My best Wishes


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Mrs. D. Happy to connect,Susan!!
When you have a chance,please visit my blog:http://mrsdbooks.blogspot.com/
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Susan Welcome to my world as you have welcomed me into yours, Mrs. D! Yesterday was a great one, don't you agree?


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