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Former WWU professor and student
team up to create children’s book
By Leigh Rice ’14
Like many fathers,
Clarence Wolfshohl
tucked his daughter into
bed every night and told her a story in hopes she would fall asleep.
Little did Dr. Wolfshohl, now professor emeritus of English at William Woods
University, know that a penguin story his daughter, Amelia, found especially
entertaining nearly 40 years ago would become a published children’s book.
“Penguins for Lunch,” a book for children approximately 6-10 years old,
is about Ralph's adventures among fantastic islands with his two penguin
companions, Joseph and Sarah. The 28-page hardcover book was a
collaboration between Wolfshohl and
Jennifer Costello
, a studio art
major who graduated from William Woods University in December 2007.
The story was Amelia’s favorite, and after she requested the book so many times, Wolfshohl decided it
would be a good idea to write it down. Every now and then, he would come back to the story, but it wasn’t
until 35 years later, after he retired from William Woods in 2005, that he decided it was time to illustrate
“Penguins for Lunch.”
“I gave it to
Terry Martin
to illustrate because I knew his style,” Wolfshohl said, speaking of a long-time
professor of studio art at William Woods.
At the time, Costello was designing her independent study class with Martin. He suggested she use the story
Wolfshohl gave him to illustrate the book with a program she had never used, Adobe Illustrator.
“Illustrating ‘Penguins for Lunch’ was a new experience compared to having a lot of different drawings here
and there. I had to create a character and keep it steady throughout the book,” said Costello.
When she finished the illustrations, Martin showed them to Wolfshohl, who was impressed with her work.
Costello and Wolfshohl decided to publish the book, but they found that children’s literature is a tough
market. Most publishing companies they contacted had their own illustrating teams.
“I liked Jennifer’s illustrations so much that I decided I would have it printed by Timberline Press,”
says Wolfshohl.
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