Songs about Animals Is Out Now!

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These cutting-edge young people have their copies already. Get yours before they’re all gone!
Photo by Juliann Itter / Jumay Designs.

Ball of Wax 37: Songs about Animals is now available for purchase. Go get it right here, or at Sonic Boom Records in Ballard. (More retail locations coming!) [Edit: Now available at Magpie in the Central District!]

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): The Foghorns – “Alfred the Elephant,” Illustrated by Darryl Blood

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): Monica Schley – “All the Pretty Horses,” Illustrated by Laura Szumowski

ballofwax_horses_print“‘All the Pretty Horses’ is a lullaby, so I wanted to draw something whimsical and soothing– an illustration that felt somewhere between awake and dreaming. I chose muted colors to accompany bedtime, when we turn down the lights and play soft music to prepare for sleep. I asked Monica Schley about the song, and she explained that it’s an old American lullaby that she came across in Pete Seeger’s book Rise Up Singing. It’s a song Monica sang to her daughter as an infant, and I really enjoyed hearing that personal connection.” -Laura Szumowski

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): The Whizpops! – “Sea Turtle,” Illustrated by Charles Spitzack

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): Caroline Keys and Nate Biehl – “The Deep Above,” Illustrated by Tim Kirkpatrick

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“It’s hard not to love Caroline & Nate’s song. My inspiration came simply from the playfulness of the song’s cadence. The lyrics and melody reminded me of a playful ‘day-in-the-life-of’ the giant squid – a sort of walk in the park – & it seemed clear that this slumbering queen had a lot of different friends to enjoy frolicking in the deep dark sea with. I wanted to be sure that visually there were as many fun things to spot with your eyes as there are fun things to hear with your ears. . . .

“As for how this was created technically: I’ve added a little visual progression. I pretty much approached the creation of this the same way a comic book artist might – first pencil, then ink, then add color. I vectorized the end product so that I could more easily manipulate the individual creatures, and the layers of line & color information.” -Tim Kirkpatrick

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): Cleemann – “The Sloth,” Illustrated by Sarah Kulfan

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): Colin J Nelson – “Koala,” Illustrated by Scott Bilstad

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“I think of great children’s books as having many little things in the art and story that you discover each time you read it.  I tried to make an illustration to Colin’s song that reflected koalas being high up in the trees and also keeps your attention for a little while. I work in pencil and pen and then Photoshop for tweaking and color.” -Scott Bilstad

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): Sun Tunnels – “Woodpecker Song,” Illustrated by Emiko Blalock

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): GreenhornBluehorn – “Don’t Play with Fire Ants,” Illustrated by Sam Jansons

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Ball of Wax 37 Songs (and pictures): Levi Fuller – “The Ballad of Molly and Oliver,” Illustrated by Michael O’Driscoll

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