Foyinsi Adegbonmire at Feiwel and Friends has acquired North American rights, in a mid-six-figure deal, to Four Eids and a Funeral by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (l.) and Adiba Jaigirdar, an enemies-to-lovers rom-com in which two Muslim teenagers must confront the events of past Eids that made and broke their friendship, and in the process get a second chance at love. Publication is planned for spring 2024; Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency represented Àbíké-Íyímídé on behalf of Zoë Plant, also at the Bent Agency, and Uwe Stender at Triada US represented Jaigirdar.
Ann Marie Wong and Mark Podesta at Henry Holt have bought, at auction, in a six-figure deal, Trish Lundy's The One That Got Away with Murder, a debut YA thriller about a teen with a dark past who gets pulled into a murder investigation after discovering her new hookup and his brother have a pair of dead ex-girlfriends. Publication is scheduled for winter 2024; Stephen Barbara and Kristin van Ogtrop at InkWell Management negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Claire Stetzer at Inkyard Press has acquired, in a six-figure preempt, S. Isabelle's YA historical romance, The Great Misfortune of Stella Sedgwick, starring a young Black woman living in 1860s England who yearns for a writing career and independence rather than love and marriage, but when an unexpected inheritance forces her into London society and reunites her with her childhood best friend—who is now a bit of a rake—will she be forced to choose between her dreams and her heart? Publication is slated for summer 2024; Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency brokered the two-book deal for North American rights.
Rosemary Brosnan and Cynthia Leitich Smith at HarperCollins/Heartdrum have bought, in a 10-bidder auction, rights to K.A. Cobell's (Blackfeet) debut YA thriller Looking for Smoke. The novel follows four teens on the Blackfeet Reservation who find themselves the suspects of a murder investigation during the annual Indian Days celebration. Pitched as One of Us Is Lying meets Sadie, the novel casts a light on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic and its impact on the lives of those affected by it. Publication is set for summer 2024; Pete Knapp at Park & Fine Literary and Media did the deal for North American rights.
Alexandra Hightower at Little, Brown has acquired So Witches We Became by Jill Baguchinsky, a queer feminist YA horror novel pitched as The Wicked Deep meets Stephen King's The Mist, in which an out-of-control curse traps a group of friends on a barrier island, forcing them to harness the shared power of their traumatic secrets or risk being devoured. Publication is scheduled for summer 2024; Eric Smith at P.S. Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.
Kendra Levin at Simon & Schuster has bought, in an 11-house auction, Duel and a second project, the debut middle grade graphic novels by husband-and-wife team Jessixa Bagley (l.) and Aaron Bagley. Newly minted sixth grader Lucy Johnson can't seem to escape her popular older sister GiGi's shadow, but then she challenges GiGi to a duel in front of the entire cafeteria, setting the stage for an ultimate sibling showdown. Publication is planned for fall 2023; Alexandra Penfold at Upstart Crow Literary brokered the deal for world English rights.
Alex Sanchez, while at Razorbill, acquired, at auction, North American rights to two books in the middle grade graphic novel series Cowgirls & Dinosaurs: Big Trouble in Little Spittle by author-illustrator Lucie Ebrey; Simone Roberts-Payne will edit. The western follows Abigail and her rival, Clementine who are cowgirls that ride dinosaurs, off on an adventure to save their town from the Bandit Queen and the perils of the ferocious dinosaurs of the prairie. Publication for book one is set for fall 2023, with book two to follow in summer 2025; Steven Salpeter at Assemble Media did the two-book deal while at Curtis Brown.
Angus Yuen-Killick has bought world English rights to the middle grade novel Alkrem by Marta Palazzesi. The novel is set in an imagined Paris where society is divided into Archemists and Alkrem. Theo, the son of a prominent Archemist is about to turn 13 when he discovers a revelation about his birthright which throws his world into turmoil and his life into mortal danger. The fantasy, described as a cross between Bartimaeus and His Dark Materials, is slated for fall 2024; Christopher Turner will translate. Yuen-Killick bought world English rights from Andreina Speciale and Claudia Pavich at Il Castoro.
Sydnee Monday at Kokila has acquired, at auction, Glitch by Rainie Oet, a middle grade novel in verse about a young person who processes the isolation of middle school, ADHD, confusion about their gender, and an overwhelming crush on a girl at school through playing a rollercoaster park simulation video game. Publication is scheduled for fall 2024; Abigail Frank at GreenburgerKids represented the author for world English rights.
Olivia Swomley and Hilary Van Dusen at Candlewick/MIT Kids Press have bought world rights to Plants Persist: Unbe-LEAF-able (but True) Facts About Plants, a middle grade nonfiction book about the science of plant survival, written by Ann McCallum Staats (l.) and illustrated by Zoë Ingram. Publication is planned for spring 2025; James McGowan at BookEnds Literary represented the author, and Kim Fleming at Lila Rogers Studio represented the illustrator.
Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has acquired world rights to NBA finalist Ibi Zoboi's (l.) picture book First Day Around the World, a celebration of children's education across the continents, a global breakfast-to-bedtime story to show what the first day of school looks like in different countries, illustrated by Juanita Londoño. Publication is set for spring 2024. Tina Dubois while at CAA represented the author, and the artist represented herself.
Lizzie Sitton at Walker Books Group has bought world rights to Grey, a picture book written by Laura Dockrill (l.) and illustrated by Lauren Child, with Kate Fletcher editing for Candlewick Press in the U.S. It's the story of a child who feels as though all their colors have disappeared until a reassuring hand reaches out and shares words of kindness. Simultaneous publication in the U.S. and U.K. is slated for May 2024; Jodie Hodges at United Agents Ltd. represented the author, and Philippa Milnes-Smith at the Soho Agency represented the illustrator.
Nancy Paulsen at Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books has acquired world rights to Melissa Marr's (l.) picture book Family Is Family, illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero, following Chick as he figures out that different types of families can still be exactly right, including his two-mom family. Publication is planned for spring 2024; Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House represented the author, and the artist represented himself.
Anne Hoppe at HarperCollins/Allida has bought Grandma Fina's Wonderful Umbrella by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (l.), a picture book celebration of community, family, and one very resourceful grandmother, illustrated by Raúl the Third (r.), with colors by Elaine Bay. It's scheduled for fall 2025; Patricia Moosbrugger at Patricia Moosbrugger Literary Agency represented the author, and Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
Susan Kochan at Putnam has acquired, in a preempt, world rights to The Dinosaur in the Garden by author-illustrator Deb Pilutti, a picture book narrated by a dinosaur who talks about living on the very land that is now a garden where a dinosaur-obsessed girl plays and explores. Publication is seet for summer 2024; Jennifer Rofé at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency negotiated the deal.
Elizabeth Lazowski at Chronicle has bought author-illustrator Monica Mikai's picture book, tentatively entitled A Quiet Place, a story about a girl who seeks out quiet, gentle spots throughout the day to find inner calm in a chaotic world. Publication is slated for fall 2025; Christy Ewers at the CAT Agency brokered the deal for world rights.
Ann Kelley at Random House Studio has acquired Vivien Mildenberger's author-illustrator debut, The Sprout and the Story, about a grumpy old bird who discovers the magic of storytelling. Publication is scheduled for spring 2025; Anne Moore Armstrong at the Bright Agency sold world rights.
Maria Russo at Astra/Minerva has bought world rights to Breathe the Rhythm of Your Heart by Uma Mishra-Newbery (l.) (co-author of Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers), illustrated by Mariam Quraishi (One Wish: Fatima Al-Fihri and the World's Oldest University). In this picture book, Leela visits her grandparents in India and learns from her tabla-playing grandfather how to handle big emotions through a traditional approach to mindfulness. Publication is set for spring 2025; Jessica Craig at Craig Literary represented the author, and Lilly Ghahremani at Full Circle Literary represented the illustrator.
Sarah Alpert at Algonquin Young Readers has acquired world rights to Challah for Shabbat Tonight by Sara Holly Ackerman (l.) (Not Just the Driver), illustrated by Alona Millgram in her U.S. debut. In this picture book, a girl and her grandma bake together in this loving portrayal of the best meal of the week and the family you share it with. Publication is planned for fall 2024; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself.
Luana Kay Horry at HarperCollins has bought world rights, in a three-book preempt, The City of Jasmine by debut author Nadine Presley (l.), illustrated by Heather Brockman Lee. In this picture book, a Syrian girl holds on to the beauty of her hometown infused with the sweet scent of jasmine. While the world carves ruins into her memories, she stands up: Damascus is no pile of rubble. Publication is slated for winter 2025; Allison Remcheck at Stimola Literary Studio represented the author, and Deborah Warren at East West Agency represented the illustrator.
Maria Modugno at Random House Studio has acquired world rights to Even Better Than Sprinkles by Linda Skeers (l.), illustrated by Heather Fox, a humorous picture book that follows the good times and the not-so-good times of best friends. Publication is scheduled for summer 2024; Lisa Amstutz at Storm Literary Agency represented the author, and Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties represented the illustrator.
Cecily Kaiser at Rise x Penguin Workshop has bought world rights to Rocks Are All Around by Lisa Varchol Perron (l.) (Patterns Everywhere) and MIT geoscience professor Taylor Perron (c.), illustrated by David Scheirer (r.). This picture book introduces young readers to all sorts of rocks they might discover and come to treasure, celebrating nature-inspired play. Publication is planned for summer 2024; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary represented the authors, and the illustrator represented himself.
Nicole Ellul at Simon & Schuster has acquired world rights to The Dark Is For by Jane Kohuth (l.), illustrated by Cindy Derby, a picture book that invites readers to experience the dark as an important part of the earth's rhythm—a place for calming and storming, growing and imagining, and for seeing the world from a new perspective. Publication is set for summer 2025; Teresa Kietlinski at Bookmark Literary represented the author, and Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
Barb McNally at Sleeping Bear Press has bought world rights to Tree-Mendous Landmarks by Michelle Schaub (l.), illustrated by Anne Lambelet, a book of poems that takes readers on a trek to discover famous and historic trees across the U.S. Publication is slated for spring 2024; Lisa Amstutz at Storm Literary Agency represented the author, and Stephanie Fretwell-Hill at Red Fox Literary represented the illustrator.
Rotem Moscovich at Knopf has acquired world rights for Ode to Grapefruit: How James Earl Jones Found His Voice, written by speech pathologist Kari Lavelle (l.), illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Bryan Collier. This picture book biography tells the story of James Earl Jones, a stutterer, who after not speaking for eight years as a child, discovered his voice through poetry. Publication is scheduled for summer 2024. Elizabeth Bennett at Transatlantic Agency represented the author, and Marcia Wernick at Wernick & Pratt Agency represented the illustrator.
Michele McAvoy at The Little Press has bought world rights to Goat & Turkey: Goat's Boat Won't Float, a picture book by Kim Larson (l.), illustrated by Gozde Eyce, celebrating the friendship between a fainting goat who topples over whenever he is scared and an excitable turkey who can't help but cause trouble. Publication is set for fall 2024; Dawn Dowdle at Blue Ridge Literary Agency represented the author, and the artist represented herself.
Peggy Schaefer at WorthyKids has acquired, at auction, world rights for When Isaac Hears the Rain by Julie Thompson (l.), a picture book that follows Isaac, a joyful Black boy who loves to celebrate the rain; Leah Giles will illustrate. Publication is planned for spring 2024; Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services represented the author, and Jemiscoe Chambers-Black at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
Asia Harden and Grace Kendall at FSG have acquired, at auction, There's Always Next Year, a YA rom-com by bestselling authors George M. Johnson (l.) (All Boys Aren't Blue) and Leah Johnson (You Should See Me in a Crown). Pitched for fans of What If It's Us and Dash & Lily—and holiday rom-coms—this dual POV, double love story follows two cousins who accidentally blow up their lives (and love lives) on New Year's Eve and then race to put them back together again before New Year's Day is over. Publication is tentatively set for fall 2025; Patrice Caldwell at New Leaf Literary & Media did the seven-figure deal for North American rights.
Sarah Barley at Flatiron has bought Love Me Tomorrow, a new two-book series by Tokyo Ever After author Emiko Jean. Pitched as To All the Boys I've Loved Before with a How I Met Your Mother speculative twist, it follows a 17-year-old girl who doesn't believe in love until she starts receiving letters from the love of her life—writing to her from years in the future. Publication is tentatively slated for winter 2025; Erin Harris at Folio Literary Management and Joelle Hobeika and Sara Shandler at Alloy Entertainment sold North American rights in an exclusive submission.
Katherine Harrison at Knopf has won at auction The Education of Kia Greer by culture writer and screenwriter Alanna Bennett, along with a second untitled YA novel. In this reverse Cinderella story, the teenage daughter of a reality TV family grapples with growing up in the public eye, fighting for the autonomy to make ordinary teenage mistakes and chasing the secret thrill of first love under the guise of a fake relationship. Publication is planned for spring 2025; Julia Kardon at HG Literary sold north American and audio rights.
Rose Pleuler at HarperAlley has won, at auction, North American rights to Homebody and a second untitled graphic novel by U.K. cartoonist Theo Parish. This graphic novel memoir tells the deeply personal story of a nonbinary person finding a home in their own body. Publication is scheduled for winter 2024; Becca Langton represented Parish on behalf of Lydia Silver at the Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency.
Miriam Newman at Candlewick has acquired J. Anderson Coats's next YA novel, The Loss of the Burying Ground. Plans for a historic treaty between two perpetually warring nations are dashed by a shipwreck that leaves 17-year-old Cora stranded on a desert island, but when she realizes she's been marooned with a member of the enemy, she must challenge her preconceived notions and worldview as they fight to survive together. Publication is set for spring 2025; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.
Julia Patrick at Viz Originals has bought the debut YA manga series Champion of the Rose from Filipino duo Cat Aquino (l.) and Dominique Duran. In the first volume of this anti-imperialist fantasy series, a tournament is fought for Princess Rosa's hand in marriage and she strikes a deal with swordsman Rey—help her win her own hand, and he'll earn his freedom to return home. Publication of the first volume is slated for fall 2024; Paloma Hernando at Einstein Literary Management handled the deal.
Tiffany Liao at Zando Young Readers has acquired world rights to The Doomsday Archives by Zack Loran Clark (l.) and Nick Eliopulos, the first in a spooky middle-grade trilogy pitched as Goosebumps meets Stranger Things. The story follows three horror fans who obsessively document the creepy tales of their hometown in a Wiki until they stumble upon a collection of occult relics that proves that their town's urban legends—and monsters—are very real. Each book will focus on a relic with dazzling powers and dreadful consequences. The first book will publish in January 2024; Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented Clark, and Josh Adams at Adams Literary represented Eliopulos.
Joan Powers at Candlewick Press has bought, in an exclusive submission, world English rights to Jo Knowles's (l.) Someone's Gonna End Up Crying, illustrated by Glynnis Fawkes. The middle grade novel follows fifth-grader Maple, who escapes a tough family situation by drawing comics that grow increasingly important and vivid to her. Publication is scheduled for fall 2024; Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented the author, and Anjali Singh at Ayesha Pande Literary represented the illustrator.
Chris Schoebinger at Shadow Mountain has acquired, in an exclusive submission, The Witch in the Woods by Bram Stoker Award finalist Michaelbrent Collings, the first book in his new Grimmworld series, pitched as The Brothers Grimm meets Stranger Things. When twins Willow and Jake Grimm move to New Marburg, Idaho, strange goings on at school soon give way to odd conversations, vanishing students, and classic fairy tales coming to life, with only the Grimm siblings able to save their friends—and the world. Publication is planned for spring 2024; Alec Shane at Writers House brokered the deal for world rights.
Erinn Pascal at Andrews McMeel has bought Carly Anne West's The Ghosts of Nameless Island, in a three-book deal. Gus sees ghosts. Now living on Nameless Island in the Pacific Northwest on the property of spooky Rothom Manor with its cemetery, he bands together with two new friends as paranormal investigators, risking their safety to uncover the mysteries of the unnamed ghosts that haunt its land and their connection to the disappearance of Gus's father. Publication for book one is slated for summer 2024; Steven Chudney at the Chudney Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.
Danny Cooper at Workman has acquired world rights to bestselling author and creative director of Atlas Obscura Dylan Thuras's (l.) nonfiction middle grade The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for Inventing the World, co-written by Jennifer Swanson (c.) (The Science of Sports), and illustrated by Ruby Fresson (r.). The book explores the world's most interesting tech, inventions, and scientific discoveries, drawn from AO's catalog of tech and invention-related marvels, for publication in summer 2025; Elyse Cheney at the Cheney Agency represented Thuras, Lori Kilkelly at LK Literary Agency represented Swanson, and Ryan Claydon at A Human Agency represented Fresson.
Sally Morgridge at Holiday House has bought Sustainable Structures by environment concept artist Kate McMillan (Maple's Theory of Fun), a visual nonfiction book for middle graders that highlights some of the most creative, innovative, and sustainable architecture around the world., part of Holiday House's new Books for a Better Earth collection. Publication is scheduled for fall 2024; Alexandra Weiss at Azantian Literary Agency handled the deal for world rights.
Kristen Mohn at Capstone has acquired world rights to four titles in Maya Myers's (l.) debut chapter book series Rosie Woods, fairytale-inspired school stories about bookworm Rosie, her loud pal Wolfie, and their third-grade class. In Little Red Writing Hood, Rosie faces writer's block while Wolfie effortlessly churns out ideas. In Jack and the Bean Shock, Rosie worries that new classmate Jack isn't contributing to their group science experiment. Eleanor Howell will illustrate; publication of the first two titles is set for spring 2024. Hannah Mann at Writers House represented the author, and Tracy Marchini at Bookends Literary Agency represented the illustrator.
Taylor Norman at Holiday House/Neal Porter Books has bought world rights to Round and Round the Year We Go, written and illustrated by Carter Higgins, a circular celebration of a year seasoned by the playful experiences unique to each month. Publication is planned for summer 2024; Rubin Pfeffer at Rubin Pfeffer Content negotiated the deal.
Carol Hinz at Lerner/Millbrook has acquired Nature Spy Guide by author-photographer Shelley Rotner. The title pairs text with photos in a multi-sensory exploration of children's discoveries in the natural world. Publication is tentatively scheduled for spring 2024; Liz Nealon at Great Dog Literary brokered the deal for world rights.
Alex Borbolla at Bloomsbury has bought, in a two-book deal, Mexican author-illustrator María Coco's Dogs Love Books, Too and Cats Love Books, Too, two picture books that take inspiration from each animal to show why readers—canine, feline, and human alike—feel less alone in the company of a good story, and each other. Publication is slated for fall 2024 and spring 2025 respectively; Lori Steel at Red Fox Literary handled the deal for world rights.
Anne Schwartz at Random House/Anne Schwartz Books has acquired world rights to Carpenter's Helper author Sybil Rosen's (l.) The Mother Tree, illustrated by Sibert Honor artist Nancy Carpenter. Sadie is a girl who learns about Mother Trees—the largest and oldest trees in the forest that act as a central hub in connecting younger trees. But when deforestation threatens to cut down Sadie's favorite Mother Tree, how can she save it? Publication is set for spring 2025; Rubin Pfeffer at Rubin Pfeffer Content represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself.
Nancy Paulsen at Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books has bought world rights to A World of Love by Aimee Reid (l.), illustrated by Christopher Lyles, a picture book that celebrates how creatures around the globe nurture and love their young. Publication is planned for winter 2024; Rubin Pfeffer at Rubin Pfeffer Content represented the author, and the illustrator represented himself.
Megan Abbate at Bloomsbury has acquired world rights to Go, Wilma, Go! The Story of Wilma Rudolph's Fight Against Segregation by Amira Rose Davis (l.) and Michael G. Long (c.) (Call Him Jack), illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow (r.) (Little Rosetta and the Talking Guitar). It recalls how track star Wilma Rudolph returned from her triumph at the Olympics to face down segregation in her hometown of Clarksville, Tenn. Publication is scheduled for winter 2024; John Rudolph at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret represented the authors, and Lori Nowicki at Painted Words represented the illustrator.
Hilary Van Dusen at Candlewick/MIT Kids Press has bought world rights to Mystery Driver: The Story of Alice Johnson and the First Soap Box Derby, a nonfiction picture book by Elizabeth Tracy (l.), illustrated by Anna Aronson; Kristin Zelazko will edit. Alice Johnson was born to fly, and what better place to start than in her town's first soap box race? Though the race is for boys only, that won't stop Alice from entering as a "mystery driver" and using all she knows about physics to create a car that zooms toward the finish line. It's slated for spring 2025; Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary Agency represented the author, and Susan Penny at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Alison Deering at Capstone has acquired world rights to Fire Flight: A Wildfire Escape, a picture book from debut author Cedar Pruitt (l.) that explores an owl's real-life escape from a California forest fire—right into a fire-fighting helicopter, where it rode next to the pilot for several headline-making water drops. Chiara Fedele will illustrate; publication is set for spring 2024. Mary Cummings at Great River Literary represented the author, and Christina Doffing at Astound US represented the illustrator.
Luana Kay Horry at HarperCollins has bought world rights to Tonya Abari's (l.) The Six Triple Eight, a nonfiction picture book that tells the story of unsung heroes: the 855 Black women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, who played a major role in World War II as the only all-black, all-female battalion sent overseas to sort more than 17 million pieces of undelivered mail to U.S. troops. Lance Evans will illustrate. Publication is planned for fall 2025; Natalie Lakosil at Irene Goodman Literary Agency represented the author, and the artist represented himself.
Anna Sargeant at Sourcebooks Explore has acquired world rights to Dino Roar, a picture book by author-illustrator duo Max Amato (l.) and Brendan McAuliffe, in which Terri the Triceratops encounters many thrilling sounds of the Late Cretaceous Period and discovers her own voice among them. Publication is scheduled for fall 2024; Wendi Gu at GreenburgerKids brokered the deal.
Sue Tarsky at Albert Whitman has bought world rights to Love Grows Here, a picture book by debut Japanese American author Chloe Ito Ward, (l.) illustrated by Violet Kim. On a trip to the market, a passerby hurts Aiko with angry words: "Go back to your own country." But when she learns that anger sometimes stems from fear, she fights back with love, bringing hope to others she passes by. Publication is set for spring 2024; Heather Cashman at Storm Literary Agency represented the author, and Studio Goodwin Sturges represented the artist.
Lisa Rosinsky at Barefoot Books has acquired world rights to How Starling Got His Speckles by Keely Parrack, (l.), illustrated by Antonio Boffa. In this story about why starlings have speckled feathers and form murmurations, a young bird named Star discovers that he is stronger with friends than he is alone. Publication is planned for spring 2024; Tara Gonzalez at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author, and the illustrator represented himself.
Rebekah Moredock at WorthyKids has bought world rights to Sticks vs. Stones by Rosanne L. Kurstedt (l.) (And I Think About You), a humorous picture book about two friends who learn to see things from each other’s perspective; Agnes Saccani will illustrate. Publication is slated for spring 2024; Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency represented the author, and Sarah Thomas at the Bright Agency represented the illustrator.
Cherrita Lee at Beaming Books has acquired world rights to Abuelo's Flower Shop by debut author Jackie Morera (l.), illustrated by Deise Lino. When Elena discovers the heartbreaking truth about the garden across the way, she learns that even sad places can be beautiful, and that the flowers from their shop send a very special message to those in need. Publication is scheduled for spring 2024; Tara Gonzalez at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author, and Beehive Illustration represented the illustrator.