Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ankle Soup

Woodbridge native Alison Josephs is the illustrator of a new children’s book, "Ankle Soup," that is drawing rave reviews in the human and animal world.

Well, OK, no animals have actually weighed in on it yet that we know of, but they should. The book features a gorgeous little French bulldog named Carlos, who is made all the more lovable by Josephs’ colorful illustrations.
The book takes readers along for the adventure as Carlos makes his way through Grand Central Station on Thanksgiving. And what’s not to love about Grand Central Station at any time of year, let alone during the hustle and bustle of a holiday.

"So smile when you see me
way down in the crowd.
And bend to my level
for crying out loud!
Please try to see things
from my point of view.
Your ankles are nice but…
you’re more than a shoe," says one passage
The intent of the author, Maureen Sullivan, and Josephs, is to give "young readers the chance to learn to have a sense of the other guy — to walk a mile in another’s shoes — a key to balance in life and a boost to emotional intelligence," according to their press packet.
Josephs, a painter and graphic designer working in New York City, grew up in Woodbridge, graduating from Amity High School in 1983. She went on to earn a BFA from Cornell University and studied in Florence and Assisi.
Her work focuses on New York themes such as Yankee Stadium and Coney Island. Shown at right, Josephs now lives in Hoboken, NJ with her ankle-high Norwich Terrier, Ruby.
For more, visit: http://www.anklesoup.com/

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