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Read a book featuring her illustrations by a local Gloverville artist

Sheryl Bieri, illustrator of The Boy Who Left Nothing Away, reads to a group of people at the pavilion at Trail Station Park in Gloversville on Thursday.

Gloversville — Six-year-old Kolbe Zimmerman jumped off the bench at the picnic table where he was sitting with his eight-year-old brother, Kyle Zimmerman, and his mother, Jessica Zimmerman, and quickly pointed to a large illustration on an easel.

He found a chicken that illustrator Sherrill Bieri had hidden in a painting by Margie Peterson of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in The Boy Who Left Nothing.

Bieri, a former Gloversville School District art teacher, asked three children in attendance at Trail Station Park Thursday morning to read the book and asked them to share the original illustration of the chicken she designed for the book. and had the children read the story. they.

“They love puzzles,” said Mayfield’s Jessica Zimmerman.

The book, which goes on sale nationwide on September 6th, is about a boy named Tommy who locks himself in his room after he starts hoarding many items such as toys and books.

“Interesting,” Vieri said.

During the reading, Bielli also talked about various artistic concepts used to create the pages. For example, items that should be closer to the photo are drawn in more detail, while parts of the photo that should be farther away are drawn in more detail. drawn in more detail.

She also educated her children about copyright

Vieri said he had been drawing since he was a child. Both of her parents were artistic and found ways to share their abilities, like her father who owned a bakery and decorated cakes.

“I think it’s in our wiring,” Vieri said, noting that her brother is also a cartoonist.

This was the illustrator’s first book and she always wanted to write her own too.

One of the book ideas she wants to work on is a story about a child getting his finger pricked while picking his nose. She said it was based on some interactions she had with her children.

Vieri says the illustrations, which took about 200 hours to complete, are painted in watercolor.

She said it took her 30 hours to draw one of the pages.

“Margie gave me the specific direction she wanted for the scene,” she said.

Bieri said it was exciting to finally see the book and have it ready for sale. She said the book was delayed by about two years because of COVID.

She was also really happy to see how children and adults responded to the book.

“I think this book is memorable and resonates with all generations,” Bieri said. “We’re all hoarders in a little bit.”

Kyle Zimmerman said his favorite page is the one featuring blow torches.

Bieri said there was a small mistake on the penultimate page. A spoon is hidden in the picture, but it was not included in the search target list by mistake.

The book also contains some questions and instructions for another activity on the last page.

At the end of the event, Vieri handed out pieces of paper with Tommy’s character drawn from the book, but without details such as his face. I asked to be included in the picture.

Kyle Zimmerman said he will be painting R2-D2’s hat. Jessica Zimmerman said she had to add Whistler. This is a deflated toy dog ​​balloon.

“He never takes it off,” she said with a laugh.