Wendy Wahman

WENDY WAHMAN lives in Washington State with big poodles, old cats, and a husband named Joe. She’s won many awards for illustration, but her greatest joy is loving the two-, three-, and four-legged animals she has known. This is her first children’s book.


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Snowboy 1,2,3 by Joe and Wendy Wahman Book Trailer

Watch the trailer for Snowboy 1,2,3, the new children's picture book by Joe and Wendy Wahman.

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Don't Lick the Dog by Wendy Wahman Book Trailer

Watch this trailer to Don't Lick the Dog, the new children's picture book by Wendy Wahman.

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A Cat Like That Book Trailer

What does a cat want in a best friend? Someone who knows just where to scratch. Someone who can read the many moods of a cat’s tail. Someone who knows when to play and when to stay away. Wendy Wahman is an award winning illustrator, and has captured the essence of her picture book in this trailer!

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July 13, 2014

My turn: “What’s Your Writing Process?“ blog tour

My friend and critique group partner, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, invited me to do this blog tour a couple months ago. I declined. I didn’t want to answer three of the questions.* The best part of this blog tour for me, is getting to brag about my amazing friends....

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What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?

I drew all the time. I used to draw on our concrete patio in the back yard in Torrance, with big color chalk. My mom would hose it away in the evening. Inside the house, I’d draw on big wall chalkboards and erase when I needed more space. I used to like to draw with ice plant outside on the sidewalk and watch how fast the sun would evaporate it. I made up stories while I drew. Still do.

 

What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book?

Being with my dogs in public places, especially Andy. He’s afraid of kids, so I am constantly running defense for him. Asking kids to pet the other dogs, and HOW to do it so the dogs like it and the kids get a good experience – and not a butt in their face. Andy is so much easier with kids now. I wanted to keep kids safe when they're with dogs, but I also wanted to keep dogs safe when they're with kids. Ideally, it should be a good experience for both of them. My world revolves around my standard poodles, GoGo, Andy, and LaRoo. We bought our house (one story, to avoid stairs when they’re older, kept the carpet for better traction, bought a king-size bed when we got our 2nd dog 13 years ago), cars, vacations (uh, none without them, lately—GoGo is old and has health issues, we do not want to leave her) with them in mind. We live in an area close to trails & mountains and the best dog park in Washington State (Marymoor), and they go somewhere every day. Safe to say, I am as obsessed with my dogs’ happiness and health as most parents are with their children’s.

 

Do you use your childhood as inspiration?

I was a pretty spacey kid. I didn’t start talking to anyone outside the family until I was about 7. I spent a lot of time looking at things, like ants and plants, animals, patterns, clouds, stains, books.  I made up stories and songs, and talked to myself a lot. I was an odd, quiet, shy child.

 

What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles?

For children’s books: Dr. Seuss books, Charlotte’s Web, The Little Prince, Harry the Dirty Dog (all the Harry books). Madeline, Black Beauty.

For adult books: Henrdrik Dorgathen, Space Dog. I love Saul Steinberg. Roald Dahl – I didn’t read him till I was an adult (I think). Same with Paul Rand. Billy Collins. David Foster Wallace, sadly, is one of my favorite authors. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Milan Kundera, Lori Moore—I read a lot of fiction. Anything by Stanley Coren and Temple Grandin, Patricia McConnell. Anne Lamott and Sarah Silverman.

 

What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?

Poodles, poodles, poodles! I love my poodles. Health and nutrition. Dog behavior and teaching tricks and working with my dogs – good manners.  For me - exercising (pilates and spin at a gym).  I used to dance – ballet, tap and jazz. Gardening, if I had more time.  I work a lot.

 

Who are a couple of your favorite author/illustrators? What is it about their work that inspires and interests you?

Henrik Drescher. He is an amazing illustrator. I love his dark silliness.
Saul Steinberg.  Stacy Innerst - brilliant, talented, funny, beautiful - his concepts and humor are genius.
There are so many!  I don’t know where to start. I love 'Outsider' artists, New Guinea face painting.

 

What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators?

Draw and write what’s most fun to you, not what you think someone else wants.

 

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Snowboy 1, 2, 3

Joe Wahman; illustrations by Wendy Wahman
Henry Holt and Co.

One snowboy all alone . . . . . . but he’s not alone for long! Join this cheerful snowman for a wintertime counting romp, complete with a whole host of animal...


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A Cat Like That

Wendy Wahman; illustrations by Wendy Wahman
Henry Holt and Co.

What does a cat want in a best friend? Someone who knows just where to scratch. Someone who can read the many moods of a cat’s tail. Someone who knows when to...


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Don't Lick the Dog

Wendy Wahman; illustrations by Wendy Wahman
Henry Holt and Co.

Meeting a new dog is exciting, but it can also be scary. This humorous how-to manual shows kids the best ways to interact with unfamiliar dogs, providing...


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