Natsumi is a star!

It was such fun to get and open my advance copy of NATSUMI... from Susan Kochan Putnam recently!  Written by Susan Lendroth and illustrated by our very own CAT artist PRISCILLA BURRIS it officially comes out in March, but it has already gotten a starred review from BOOKLIST!  Susan and Priscilla will be at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena reading and signing on Sunday March 11th.….don’t miss it if you are in the area!

Natsumi advance copy

As the last line of the Booklist review said: ” A Joyful experience from beginning to end…..”  

Congratulations Sue, Susan, and Priscilla and NATSUMI!!!

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‘Dear Girl’ #1 NYTimes Best Seller List…

FABULOUS for sure.!!!  … HarperCollins, author Paris Rosenthal ( with her mom Amy Krouse Rosenthal), our ‘CAT’ artist Holly Hatam, and we all of the CAT Agency could not be more thrilled with the news that DEAR GIRL hit the #1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller List for picture books this week!!!….. Warms up January!

But it’s NO surprise to our two ‘research assistants’, Billie and Finnie … one convincing the other in a heart beat!  May we never lose our sense of wonder!  Thank you Amy, Paris and Holly – dear girls!

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Gendron-SOI LA 56!

We are so pleased to report that CATHY GENDRON  has been accepted into the LA Soc. of Illustrator’s 56th Annual Illustration Competition with Mardi Gras in Bugland!!   Congratulations !!

Gendron A Bugs' Mardi Gras

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Signing in ‘green’…..

Our Patrice Barton was recently involved in a book signing at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin TX….. a very ‘green’ experience I’m sure!  Her two books that were highlighted are seen clearly below.  Nothing like going OUTSIDE to play. – to Bring the Outside In with your Little Bitty Friends…even if it’s through books in the dead of winter!  Congratulations Patty!

Barton at book Fair


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was Santa a thief?

Wanted to boast a bit about an article I finally saw in a Dec. PW.!  it was a ‘spotlight on Alane Adams‘ and her series of thief books….illustrated by our artist Lauren Gallegos!  We’re so proud and pleased for them both to have this attention on the books.  The third was The Santa Thief...hope you saw it in time to enjoy it with your kids this past season, but if not, there is another in 12 months!  MERRY!

Gallegos PW

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HAPPY 2018 everyone!  I’m writing this while being snow bound in CT by a whipping Nor’Easter blizzard today that has hit most of the East Coast! …it does have a way of stopping us in our tracks!  But it’s a great time to slow down a bit, light a fire, get some HOT tea or cocoa, count our blessings, and look ahead.

I’m sure many of you DID what I’d suggested in a post last year…. take this time to see how your goals last year were met, and to set some new realistic goals for this new year.  If NOT….maybe do so now or this weekend.  It’s something we all have to do to start out fresh and productively!  My daughter, Christy Ewers, and I have started the year out with a NEW NAME and tax entity:  The CAT Agency, Inc.  !!  and Christy is the new owner of the new agency!

The CATugeau Artist Agency LLC, is no longer, though I will continue as usual working beside Christy….and, yes, I did have one very emotional day Dec. 31st!  it’s been 23 years come Feb since I started my own agency on a wing and a prayer and my family’s good wishes!!  I had worked for another agent for 3 1/2 years, but it was quite a year in 1994!  Never worked so hard, fast, and happily! Had to find great un-repped artists willing to give me a try, (no Google then!), didn’t have a computer, sample copies made at the Copy Store, Fedexed samples to publishers, used THE LANDLINE PHONE constantly, so couldn’t be away from my desk for long…ever! (and I had three active kids…youngest 14 at home = Christy!)  wow….we’ve come a long way baby!  I am THRILLED and delighted by this change for the new year with my talented Christy at the helm.  Besides growing up with the agency so to speak, she has been working with me formally for 4 years, after a decade learning business and interpersonal relations with other types of companies, including a publishing house.  I keep saying it, but it IS a dream come true!  IT IS TIME.

Burris Wintery Warmies Scene SPOTPriscilla Burris

This above is a good image of our warm love for our agency …. bright and protective and caring as it grows…no matter ‘the weather!’

So we’ve met one of OUR year goals and have a very full set of directions for the new year onward.  Now back to YOU perusing where you are and where you are going.  It’s just part of business….and illustration IS a business.  Put on that ‘biz cap’ and do some soul searching and honest planning.  Set realistic goals….redo and upgrade your online portfolio, and get it out to publishers; go to the SCBWI Winter NYC Conference (sign up NOW if there is room!)  or maybe the Aug. LA one, or the next regional get together; finish that dummy you’ve been revising, and get it seen and critiqued;  promise not to OVER BOOK yourself this year so you can enjoy the work that comes in; maybe get a rep to help you organize yourself!  Whatever you have on your list, start making it a reality TODAY!

Well – maybe right after going out and building a ‘snow kitty’ like our friend above has done….and I will do RIGHT NOW!

HAPPY 2018 to ALL!

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Real Rockwell Christmas!

Being newly back in CT this year and season, we were looking for new seasonal traditions (missing the Illumination fireworks in CW, and Chapel Choir in Wmsbrg VA!).  What better place to experience an old fashioned Christmas than on ‘Christmas Main Street.’… the real one in Stockbridge MA, and also see the original painting of This iconic place by Norman Rockwell!  So off husband Bill and I went to spend Monday night at the RED LION INN, depicted in his painting (but dark as then it wasn’t open during the winters back then!)  and to stroll along Stockbridge’s Main Street that he made forever famous in this painting.  Luckily we’d had a recent snow so the trip up was out of ‘winter memories ‘past and so completely New England it hurt!


Then it snowed a bit more Tuesday morning as we had breakfast at the Coffee shop (yup…Main Street) and headed of to the Rockwell Museum itself.  Even my ‘museum ho-hum’ husband loved it…we spent HOURS there in awe.  How could he have painted all this incredible ‘story telling,’ finally rendered work in one life time!?  Stockbridge (Elm Street just off Main and town) was his hometown after moving from VT. and they are so very proud of him still.  The Museum is fabulous and his original studio was moved to that property as well. (closed in winter however….I’ll need to go back!)

There is always other artwork to look at there as well….and the current show was about the Fantastical Art of Tony Diterlizzi, famed Dungeon and Dragons and Spiderwick Chronicles artist, among other projects.  What fun they had presenting  his work!  Lots for the kids too! – or kids in all of us. (no photos allowed of this show)  The gift shop is one I needed quite a bit of time in….being this time of year….and the creative, different offerings.  The whole experience was just a pleasure from start to finish.  But we needed to slowly head back South to Fairfield CT passing though lovely Litchfield and other iconic NE towns, and reenter the current Holiday Season….. happy!  and MERRY WISHES TO ALL!


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