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Coco the Carrot -written & illustrated by Steven Salerno published by Marshall Cavendish Books for Children, 2005.
"Salerno's elegant graphics recall Jean Cocteau's pen-and-ink caricatures or the fashion-magazine style of Chelsey McLaren. The frills and loop-de-loops of his curvaceous lines complement the extravagant absurdity of the characters and plot twists." -Publishers Weekly
Coco is a curious carrot who escapes from her cold, cramped vegetable bin with a desire to explore the outside world... and eventually makes her way to Paris where she becomes a famous hat designer. Along the way she is befriended by a loyal monkey named Anton, and wins the admiration of hat wearers around the world.
above: a cropped view of the cover for Coco the Carrot.
left: Coco finds a sewing basket and makes herself a beautiful green hat... Now she's ready to go out and see the big world!
above: preliminary stage rough SKETCH (blue pencil)
above: final illustration based on the preliminary sketch (see left) of Coco hopping up the gangway, the very last passenger to board the cruise ship, and much to the surprise of the Captain.
above: aboard the ship sailing for a France, Coco the Carrot is the guest of honor seated at the Captain's Table. The other guests are charmed by her engaging spirit.
above: a preliminary SKETCH in developing the look of the main character, Coco the Carrot... which was also the basis for the image seen on the final book cover.
above: while stranded on the tropical island, Coco discovers her talent for creating fantastic hats.
above: Coco, heralded as an up and coming new fashion designer, is surrounded by reporters...
above: cropped view of a page from the printed book... Coco and Anton dancing with Mademoiselle Chapeau.
above: Coco and her monkey friend Anton are flown through the night all the way to Paris... guests of Mademoiselle Chapeau, owner of the largest hat factory in the world.