by Noah Kroese
self-published, 36 pages
The book tells the story of India McGreevy, an imaginative girl who finds her well of ideas running dry and must slog through until Saturday with the help of her parents, her pet crow and an offbeat band of neighborhood helpers. The self-published hardcover book is 17 by 11 inches and is illustrated in such extravagant detail that Kroese said it took him eight years to complete. Readers will encounter strange characters, quirky jokes and cultural references throughout. The underlying theme is the freedom of creativity and the frustration of getting stuck.
Kroese is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist who has lived in Moscow for 16 years. He graduated from the UI in 2004 with a degree in drawing and painting.
“Saturday” is available in Moscow at BookPeople, Safari Pearl and the Prichard Art Gallery store. It’s also available at Kroese’s website, www.saturdaythebook.com, where one can view examples from the book. Kroese will give a drawing demonstration and sign copies of the book from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane.