click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  Coco finds a sewing basket and makes herself a beautiful green hat... Now she's ready to go out and see the big world!   Coco the Carrot  -written & illustrated by  Steven Salerno  published by  Marshall Cavendish Books for Children , 2005.   Coco is a curious carrot that escapes from her cold, cramped vegetable bin, with a desire to explore the outside world. Along the way she is befriended by a loyal monkey named Anton, makes it all the way to Paris, and wins the admiration of hat wearers around the world by becoming a famous hat designer.    "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    “Salerno turns a silly plot into a credible adventure of the imagination with his watercolor-and-gouache illustrations. The bold lines and colors create an energy that fills each page of this madcap story. Readers will never view the vegetable bin in the same way after reading this action-packed adventure”   -School Library Journal
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  a detailed cropped view of the cover for  Coco the Carrot.     see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  preliminary stage rough  SKETCH  (blue pencil) 
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   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.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   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.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   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.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  while stranded on the tropical island, Coco discovers her talent for creating fantastic hat designs.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  Coco, heralded as an up and coming new fashion designer,  is surrounded by reporters...
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  detailed cropped view of a page from the printed book... Coco and Anton exploring the streets of Paris
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   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.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  detailed cropped view of a page from the printed book... Coco and Anton dancing with Mademoiselle Chapeau.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  Coco finds a sewing basket and makes herself a beautiful green hat... Now she's ready to go out and see the big world!   Coco the Carrot  -written & illustrated by  Steven Salerno  published by  Marshall Cavendish Books for Children , 2005.   Coco is a curious carrot that escapes from her cold, cramped vegetable bin, with a desire to explore the outside world. Along the way she is befriended by a loyal monkey named Anton, makes it all the way to Paris, and wins the admiration of hat wearers around the world by becoming a famous hat designer.    "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    “Salerno turns a silly plot into a credible adventure of the imagination with his watercolor-and-gouache illustrations. The bold lines and colors create an energy that fills each page of this madcap story. Readers will never view the vegetable bin in the same way after reading this action-packed adventure”   -School Library Journal
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: Coco finds a sewing basket and makes herself a beautiful green hat... Now she's ready to go out and see the big world!

Coco the Carrot -written & illustrated by Steven Salerno published by Marshall Cavendish Books for Children, 2005.

Coco is a curious carrot that escapes from her cold, cramped vegetable bin, with a desire to explore the outside world. Along the way she is befriended by a loyal monkey named Anton, makes it all the way to Paris, and wins the admiration of hat wearers around the world by becoming a famous hat designer.

"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

“Salerno turns a silly plot into a credible adventure of the imagination with his watercolor-and-gouache illustrations. The bold lines and colors create an energy that fills each page of this madcap story. Readers will never view the vegetable bin in the same way after reading this action-packed adventure” -School Library Journal

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  a detailed cropped view of the cover for  Coco the Carrot.     see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: a detailed cropped view of the cover for Coco the Carrot.

see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  preliminary stage rough  SKETCH  (blue pencil) 
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: preliminary stage rough SKETCH (blue pencil) 

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   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.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

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.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   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.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

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.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   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.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

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.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  while stranded on the tropical island, Coco discovers her talent for creating fantastic hat designs.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: while stranded on the tropical island, Coco discovers her talent for creating fantastic hat designs.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  Coco, heralded as an up and coming new fashion designer,  is surrounded by reporters...
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: Coco, heralded as an up and coming new fashion designer,  is surrounded by reporters...

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  detailed cropped view of a page from the printed book... Coco and Anton exploring the streets of Paris
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: detailed cropped view of a page from the printed book... Coco and Anton exploring the streets of Paris

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   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.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

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.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  detailed cropped view of a page from the printed book... Coco and Anton dancing with Mademoiselle Chapeau.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: detailed cropped view of a page from the printed book... Coco and Anton dancing with Mademoiselle Chapeau.