I'm currently working on a kids' activity book that's centered around Walnut Beach, the area of Milford, Connecticut where our artists' collective shop, Artfish42, is located. Just off the coast of Milford lies Charles Island, a.k.a. "Thrice Cursed Island". for the three times it's been jinxed.
FIRST, by pirate Captain William Kidd, who's said to have dumped SOME of his treasure on the island on his way up to Boston, under a boulder known as "Hog Rock". Captain Kidd cursed anyone on the prowl for his stolen stash. (He never got the chance to come back for the goods, because in Boston he was arrested, then put in prison and on trial in England, and then... well, let's just say his sentence wasn't like a DAY AT THE BEACH.)
SECOND, by the Paugussett tribe, who believed that Charles Island was a sacred home to the spirits. After the Paugussetts lost the island to the European settlers, the tribe cursed the place and anyone who tried to live there. (Which may be why just birdies and turtles live there now.)
THIRD, by a group of 18th-century sailors who, like Captain Kidd, are rumored to have buried their booty in the sand. The curse is pretty boilerplate: "Don't dig for our stuff, or it'll be curtains for ya!"
Because of the rich history of Charles Island (which you can pretty much see if you step outside our shop and look towards the water), I HAVE to do some pirate pages. Just to give you a taste of what this book will contain, here's a logic puzzle page featuring some invented pirates of Charles Island. I like them so much I'm planning on adding to their gang for another activity.
This book will contain word searches, hidden object pictures, coloring pages -- you know, all the tried-N-true kiddie educational stuff that has been the foundation of my illustration life for Lo these umpteen years.
Only now, I get to imagine it, design it, and write it too! If you have a favorite type of puzzle that you reallllllly want me to get in there -- Now's yer chance, matey!