When Children's books cross with comic books...

If you’re a children’s book enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of Mo Willem’s books. The page layout and format is really easy and fun to read with your kids. They are CRAZY popular right now. (These pages are from Elephant and Piggie’s Biggie.)


This new storytelling style that he has introduced to the Kid Lit community is very simple and conversational, with speech balloons dialog instead of storybook text.

...I don’t know about you, but the first time I saw his books, I thought, “Oh, so it’s like a comic book for kids!”

And then I realized, “Psh, I could make that! Actually, I bet I can make a book even BETTER.”


Quite a bold statement, I know. But I’m a children’s book author & illustrator with way too much comic drawing experience:

I drew comics to earn my BFA in Sequential Art (aka, basically the art of making comics) at SCAD, I went off-campus to Tokyo and studied comics with a famous cartoonist, and I drew a comic strip about my life every week for about 3 years straight. I even took the ultimate comic challenge, 24-Hour Comic Day, and I successfully wrote, drew, then inked a 24 paged 11x17 inch comic book all in 24 hours.



So, rather than being inspired by Mo, you could say I feel challenged.

Challenged to make my own version of this children’s book + comic book hybrid!

(And kudos to Mo for making it popular in the first place.)

And my first children’s book using this method will feature Abel the Tortoise and Ana the Hare.

It’ll be an animated ebook series, and if I can figure out the logistics, I’ll offer it in paperback as well.

Plus, I think that once I get going, I can easily and quickly build up a series! So watch out, the tale of the Tortoise and the Hare is getting a major revamp. ;)

Stay updated on the Tortoise & Hare Children’s Book here.

Nikki Floreno
Fables & Fauna's 3rd Marietta Art Walk

BRRRR! I don’t know about you, but here in Georgia the weather just switched from “hot summer” straight to “WINTER COLD.” That’s right, we skipped Fall completely. (Hence why we look so bundled up, haha.)


Best moment of the event:

Two couples with a baby were strolling on by- nearly passing by the Fables & Fauna booth completely- but they all simultaneously looked over, their faces lit up instantly when they saw my “Amelia the Flying Cat” children’s book, and they all gasped in unison.

…Turns out, the little baby girl in their stroller was named Amelia! I don’t think I’ve ever seen four people have the same light-bulb moment at the same time before, haha.

Head’s up!:

There’ll be one more Marietta Art Walk this year, on Dec 7th, and there’ll be a Santa in the middle of the Square! I’m waiting to hear back to see if I’m accepted to go again, I’ll let you know. And we’ll bring a heater this time! (Lesson LEARNED.)

Next up:

This Friday is the Bethany Adoption Services “Changing Children’s Lives” fundraising gala, since it’s officially National Adoption Month! Will I see you there?

Nikki Floreno
Welcome to the NEW Fables & Fauna website!

The last thing I want Fables & Fauna to be is another ecommerce shop that shouts “BUY ALL MY THINGS” as soon as you visit. That’s why I felt like a website rebuild was critical.

I want Fables & Fauna to…

…inspire happiness every time you visit the website!

…make you feel like you can explore the world of Fables & Fauna!

…showcase my Fauna Friends, so they can become your friends too!

…make it easy to browse children’s books when you’re ready, and…

…be a place for PLAY and FUN!

I must admit, there’s SO MUCH more I wanted to implement at the new fablesandfauna.com right away. But you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time, so I’ve decided to slowly build and improve as I go instead.

So get ready, more Fables & Fauna fun is on it’s way!


Nikki Floreno