click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  Margot sheds a tear and walks away...   Tim's Goodbye  -written & illustrated by  Steven Salerno  published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018.  Margot and her friends are gathering... but why? Vincent brings balloons, Melinda brings her French Horn, Otto wears his best hat. It all seems like a mystery until a visual twist within a key illustration reveals they have all gathered to say farewell to a beloved pet who has died.    "This uncomplicated tale of love, loss, friendship, and hope is a great addition for library collections..."  -School Library Journal     "...the balloons add an important buoyancy to the telling, providing a possible entree to matters of the spirit, if readers desire it... A succinct text and an uncluttered design provide space to discover and process a loss."  -Kirkus Reviews     "This gentle story might be just the introduction some readers seek…"  -The New York Times Book Review
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  the cover of Steven's upcoming picture book,  Tim's Goodbye  ,  to be released by Farrar Straus Giroux in 2018    see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  Melinda brings her French Horn...
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  detail of image at left
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  preliminary character studies of Buddy the dog.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  Margot gazes up at the stars for a long time, contemplating the earlier events of the day...
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  one of the original b&w crayon drawings used to create the final illustrations that also have digital color added. (depicting the characters: Roger, Vincent, and Otto)
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  cropped detail, Margot leaving…
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  Margot sheds a tear and walks away...   Tim's Goodbye  -written & illustrated by  Steven Salerno  published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018.  Margot and her friends are gathering... but why? Vincent brings balloons, Melinda brings her French Horn, Otto wears his best hat. It all seems like a mystery until a visual twist within a key illustration reveals they have all gathered to say farewell to a beloved pet who has died.    "This uncomplicated tale of love, loss, friendship, and hope is a great addition for library collections..."  -School Library Journal     "...the balloons add an important buoyancy to the telling, providing a possible entree to matters of the spirit, if readers desire it... A succinct text and an uncluttered design provide space to discover and process a loss."  -Kirkus Reviews     "This gentle story might be just the introduction some readers seek…"  -The New York Times Book Review
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: Margot sheds a tear and walks away...

Tim's Goodbye -written & illustrated by Steven Salerno published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018.

Margot and her friends are gathering... but why? Vincent brings balloons, Melinda brings her French Horn, Otto wears his best hat. It all seems like a mystery until a visual twist within a key illustration reveals they have all gathered to say farewell to a beloved pet who has died.

"This uncomplicated tale of love, loss, friendship, and hope is a great addition for library collections..." -School Library Journal

"...the balloons add an important buoyancy to the telling, providing a possible entree to matters of the spirit, if readers desire it... A succinct text and an uncluttered design provide space to discover and process a loss." -Kirkus Reviews

"This gentle story might be just the introduction some readers seek…" -The New York Times Book Review

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  the cover of Steven's upcoming picture book,  Tim's Goodbye  ,  to be released by Farrar Straus Giroux in 2018    see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: the cover of Steven's upcoming picture book, Tim's Goodbye, to be released by Farrar Straus Giroux in 2018

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

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  Melinda brings her French Horn...
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: Melinda brings her French Horn...

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  detail of image at left
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: detail of image at left

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  preliminary character studies of Buddy the dog.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: preliminary character studies of Buddy the dog.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  Margot gazes up at the stars for a long time, contemplating the earlier events of the day...
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: Margot gazes up at the stars for a long time, contemplating the earlier events of the day...

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  one of the original b&w crayon drawings used to create the final illustrations that also have digital color added. (depicting the characters: Roger, Vincent, and Otto)
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: one of the original b&w crayon drawings used to create the final illustrations that also have digital color added. (depicting the characters: Roger, Vincent, and Otto)

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  cropped detail, Margot leaving…
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: cropped detail, Margot leaving…