San Diego, CA –
Trying to beat the desert sun.
Owl prepares to go out into the night,
To ensure all the animals are tucked in tight.
So begins the charming new illustrated bedtime story, Who-o-o’s Awake in the Desert, the debut work of Tucson-based writer Jenny Holt. Featuring a beautifully illustrated cast of Sonoran desert animals, the story includes the coyote, Gila monster, hummingbird, javelina, and of course, the infamous Western Diamondback to name a few. The book takes early readers on an aerial journey with owl as the warm sun of a desert afternoon melts into cool darkness.
Illustrations from H.M. are colorful and charming, sure to induce the same awe and appreciation for southwest wildlife conveyed in the author’s rhymes. Holt, a Tucson native, spent much of her childhood hiking and exploring the lush Sonoran desert surrounding her hometown and has long loved the desert landscape and its unique wildlife. She obtained her pharmacy doctorate from the University of Arizona and still lives in the desert with her husband, three children, dog, bearded dragon, and a small herd of desert tortoises. She wrote this book both as bedtime story and as a way to share her passion for the desert with children everywhere.
Holt will sign copies of the book on April first at Mildred and Dildred in La Encantada shopping center in Tucson from 9:30-10:30 am.
Author Jenny Holt with Illustrations by H.M.
Publication: Feb 2017
Format: 8.5 x 11 in.
Retail price: $12.95
Page count: 32
Press materials: https://goo.gl/qHLJex