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Kimberly (Marie) Adlerman (1964-) Biography

Personal, Addresses, Career, Member, Writings, Work in Progress, Sidelights

(Kim Adlerman, Kin Eagle, a joint pseudonym)

Personal

Born 1964, in Niagara Falls, NY; Education: Attended Niagara County Community College; State University of New York at Buffalo, B.F.A. Hobbies and other interests: Tennis, gardening, baking, drawing, antiquing, "hanging out with my kids."

Addresses

Home and office—Kids at Our House, 47 Stoneham Pl., Metuchen, NJ 08840.

Career

Graphic designer, art director, and illustrator. Book designer, Macmillan Publishing, New York, NY; owner and creative director, Kids at Our House, Metuchen, NJ.

Member

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Toastmasters International, Metuchen ArtWorks (cooperative gallery).

Writings

(With husband, Danny Adlerman, under name Kin Eagle) It's Raining, It's Pouring, illustrated by Rob Gilbert, Whispering Coyote Press (Danvers, MA), 1994.

(With Danny Adlerman, under name Kin Eagle) Hey, Diddle Diddle, illustrated by Rob Gilbert, Whispering Coyote Press (Danvers, MA), 1997.

(With Danny Adlerman, under joint pseudonym Kin Eagle) Rub a Dub Dub, illustrated by Rob Gilbert, Whispering Coyote Press (Danvers, MA), 1999.

(With Danny Adlerman, under joint pseudonym Kin Eagle) Humpty Dumpty, illustrated by Rob Gilbert, Whispering Coyote Press (Danvers, MA), 1999.

(Editor with Danny Adlerman) Songs for America's Children, Kids at Our House (Metuchen, NJ), 2002.

ILLUSTRATOR

Danny Adlerman, Africa Calling, Nighttime Falling, Whispering Coyote Press (Danvers, MA), 1996.

Danny Adlerman, Rock-a-Bye Baby, Charlesbridge (Watertown, MA), 2004.

(With others) Danny Adlerman, How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck?, Kids at Our House (Metuchen, NJ), 2006.

Work in Progress

Illustrations for the picture book Oh, No, Domino, written by the artist.

Sidelights

In addition to writing with her husband, children's author Danny Adlerman, under the pseudonym Kin Eagle, Kimberly Adlerman has created illustrations for several of her husband's children's books, among them Africa Calling, Nighttime Falling and Rock-a-bye Baby. Branching out from the traditional nursery rhyme, in Rock-a-bye Baby Danny Adlerman relays the tale of a young child's adventures, his gentle, reassuring text complemented by wife Kimberly's collage illustrations. A Kirkus Reviews critic enjoyed the work, commenting that highlighting the work are the "pictures full of remarkable texture, depth, and color," and went on to note that readers will likely "appreciate the Adlermans' creative artistry."

Adlerman once told Something about the Author: "I've been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. Illustrating has always been a dream of mine, but I haven't had enough confidence in myself to do something about it until recently.

"I hate to admit it, but I have horrible working habits! My husband and I have an office in our cellar, where we keep our computer, drawing table, and other office equipment. Although I can design there, it is extremely difficult for me to sketch or paint down there. Being a night person, with two small children, I find the best time to work is at night in our family room, after the kids have gone to bed.

"Some of my favorite artists include Eric Carle, Betsy Lewin, and Milton Glaser: Carle and Lewin for their simplicity. They can express so much with so little. Also, their work is often rife with humor. It's a characteristic that I not only appreciate, but find outstanding. If a visual can make me laugh out loud, even without the benefit of words, then I know it is effective.

"One of the main things I hope to achieve in illustrating children's books is to reach children—to help instill the love of books and reading that I have. Children are never too young to start reading. It's one of the reasons I like to make school appearances often. I want the opportunity to impress that message directly to as many children as possible."

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Booklist, October 1, 1996, review of Africa Calling, Nighttime Falling.

Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2004, review of Rock-a-Bye Baby, p. 79.

Publishers Weekly, January 1, 2001, review of Africa Calling, Nighttime Falling, p. 94.

School Library Journal, April, 2004, Martha Topol, review of Rock-a-Bye-Baby, p. 127.

ONLINE

Adlermans' Home Page, http://www.dannyandkim.com(July 15, 2005).

University at Buffalo Alumni Association Web site, http://www.alumni.buffalo.edu/(September 20, 2005), "Kimberly Adlerman."

Woodbridge Sentinel Online (Woodbridge, NJ), http://ws.gmnews.com/ (May 17 2005), Darcie Borden, "Gallery Features 3-D Kids' Book Illustrator," p. 1.

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