New Children’s Book from Emerging Talent Elise Trissel–Beth Trissel

My daughter has finally completed her highly imaginative and wonderfully illustrated children’s book, Skaritch Skaratch Munch: A Cautionary Tale. A perfectionist, Elise labored over every detail, as I do words, and the result is well worth all the toil she invested.

Of herself, and her book, Elise says:

“This is a project that has been very dear to me and that I have been working on for well over a year and a half now.  I wrote in the style of a reverse cautionary tale, where instead of the adults being right, (as they usually are in cautionary tales,) in this tale it’s the children who are right all along and who ultimately come up with a solution to the problem.  I always like to try out new ways of illustrating so for this book I decided to go with some major mixed media creating and I had a lot of fun experimenting with it.  I greatly admire author/illustrator Mo Willems ,and his book Knuffle Bunny is one of my inspirations for illustrating this book the way I did.”

*Before and After images below

Having lived and breathed the ongoing efforts of an artist at work for many moons, I much more appreciate all that goes into illustrating a children’s book, not to mention writing it, and the thought behind even the font size and positioning of the words on the page. And a big plus, the two darling little people featured in the book are my grandbabies Emma Rose and her big brother Ian.

I’ve always loved children’s books and took Elise to the library faithfully when she was young. She haunts used bookstores and secondhand shops and has amassed quite a collection of her favorite authors and illustrators. Sometimes she or I even buy the copies new, but considering the library she’s building we must keep an eye on the budget. Any funds she gets from her own book will probably go back into buying others.  Or art supplies…computer software….

For eager readers young and old, Skaritch Skaratch Munch: A Cautionary Tale is available in print from and

To visit Elise’s newly formed blog and learn more about this book and her other projects visit: Coloring On The Couch

16 responses to “New Children’s Book from Emerging Talent Elise Trissel–Beth Trissel

  1. That is so exciting. Congrats Elise.
    Sue B


  2. Wonderful! Just had to tweet about it. I’m off to Amazon to check it out. I’m sure my granddaughter would LOVE it! 🙂


  3. Congratulations Elise. You are as talented as your mother.


  4. Amazing! Just like her mama!


  5. What lovely artwork and how exciting for everyone in the family to have a new writer in your midsts. Wishing you great luck, Elise.


  6. Congratulations Elise! How special the children are even yours(?) or at least family. I love that concept and had thought of doing something similar with a series I’m hoping to write for my own granddaughters. Seeing it in print makes me more determined to use my oldest granddaughter as my own model. Thanks for sharing Beth!


  7. One special talented family!!! Great stuff ladies!!


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