Ruby the Red Worm's Dirty Job Make-A-School Project. Pictured here are the student illustrators standing in the shape of a worm and the message, "We love worms.".
Ruby the Red Worms Dirty Job book cover title screen
Ruby the Red Worms Dirty Job. Illustrated by elementary students.

Cover Design Challenges

The new book, Ruby the Red Worm, is finally here! Perhaps no one is more surprised by how beautiful it is than me, especially the cover! I puzzled for months about what to do, including a meeting with the art teacher to discuss if her best students would want to illustrate and/or color the cover, and whether to have the school vote on a winner. Those ideas were good; however, they weren’t feasible. So after one too many sleepless nights, I arose in the wee hours and in one inspired flurry, drew this picture. It’s quite different than anything else I’ve done, and so I like to think I’ve learned to listen to my muses. I also splurged several hundred dollars that I didn’t have on a drawing tablet for my computer, which I used to color my pen and ink drawing.

Synopsis: Ruby the Red Worm is a humorous and educational introduction to composting and the essential role worms serve in the ecosystem. More importantly, it is a story about living a life of passion despite life’s bullies — even if it means eating dirt. Note: This is an inspirational introduction to composting with some life lessons. It is not a how to book. Also, though good for any age, the reading level is between a children’s picture book and a children’s chapter book.

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The new book, Ruby the Red Worm, is finally here! Perhaps no one is more surprised how beautiful it is then me, especially the cover!
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