It has been my great pleasure to work with Ken Shuey, the illustrator of my children’s picture book, La Befana and the Star. He was extremely important in the development of how my characters should look. He even created concept sketches for the puppets that I use in my promos. He is very easy to work with and his compositions are wonderfully creative and unique. I am working on a sequel to this book and he will be the illustrator. Kate West
From Jerilyn McIntyre, PAWS IN THE PIAZZA
We were very pleased and satisfied with the work Ken Shuey did for us as a collaborator on Paws in the Piazza, a novella for middle grade readers we published in 2013. Ken was the illustrator on the project, and his illustrations did much to enhance the look of the publication and increase its sales appeal.
At our request, he prepared line drawings for the interior, as well as a full-color cover. We were impressed with the care he took in reading the unpublished manuscript to make sure the illustrations would capture the concept of the story in style and in tone. The cover in particular was unquestionably a boon to sales. Both booksellers and customers have praised its clever and colorful depiction of Harley and Angela (the main characters) and the story's Venetian setting. Because of the eye-catching cover, several bookstores have displayed the book prominently on their shelves. Four years after its publication, Paws in the Piazza continues to sell at stores in the western United States and on Amazon. It was also translated into Italian (Passi Felpati e Felini Alati), where it has been available at Neko Cat Cafe in Turin, as well as on Amazon.it. We hope to work with Ken again on future projects, possibly on The Shadow of the Unscratchable, the sequel to Paws, which is currently in final stages of writing and revision. Jerilyn McIntyre.
From Dr. Joan Narad, OMYO, A BRAVE DINOSAUR It is with pleasure that I recommend Ken Shuey for his very fine work as an illustrator. He collaborated with me on putting forth a book for children and families about children who needed understanding about why they were in foster care. Ken was able to translate my vision for the story into vivid child-friendly illustrations. We met several times to discuss and modify the book. He was easy to work with, creative with suggestions, and open to recommendations. Ken's other works were evidence enough for me to engage with him on the translation of my manuscript and idea into a book. Those other books are poetry and art presented in beautiful scenes that are very expressive and pleasing to the reader. Sincerely, Joan S. Narad MD
From Nancy Adams, TRANSATLANTIC BUNNY,THE GOLDEN GOOSE OF RIVERSIDE I had the pleasure of collaborating with Ken Shuey for my first children’s book, Transatlantic Bunny, (2016). I’d look far and near for a very long time for an artist whose illustrations could capture what I’d envisioned and hoped, for my tale. After reviewing Ken’s previous works, I knew with great relief, that I’d found my illustrator. Throughout the process, I benefitted not only from Ken’s delightful artwork, but from his insights, suggestions, timeliness in ‘turn around time’ and yes, his patience with this ‘first time author’. So pleased was I with our working relationship and the end results that I again contracted his services for my second, soon to be completed children’s book, The Golden Goose of Riverside. If I can provide further information that may be of assistance, please feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Nancy Adams firstname.lastname@example.org 2804 Jessup Ave. Melbourne, IA 50162