Illustrating | Gabby Batts

portrait of character GabbyGabby Batts, Extraordinary Hero is a story that got its start in the classroom as a lesson to prepare students for the inevitable – conflict! It focuses on the cause and effect, and how to turn the situation around.

page 12 from the book

sketch of girlsThe author could imagine the main character in her head, with wild hair and freckles, but others, like the bus driver, needed to look like her real-life counterpart. A fun project, I sketched characters first and colored them in Photoshop.

book coverGabby Batts Extraordinary Hero is a great conversation-starting tool for parents and grandparents. And we found children really opened up to share their experiences on this topic in group discussions. It is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.