Gidget is a photo-driven, children’s picture book written and conceived of by Elizabeth Rusch about a vivacious pug who went from death’s door to world-champion surfing dog. Five different photographers contributed to Gidget’s story and provided great material to work from. We were able to develop a dynamic, emotionally-charged story about this little pug. My job was to herd the photographers, weed through about 10,000 photos, and create a cohesive visual narrative, which both backed up the words and made you want to keep reading. I then did a full 48-page mockup of the photo layout, which the designer could then work from.

Role: Photo coach, Photo Editor, Layout Direction, Visual Strategy

AWARDS/RECOGNITION:

Junior Library Guild selection

Pacific Northwest Bestseller

Towner Children's Choice Award

Oregon Spirit Honor

 

KIND WORDS:

"The book's vibe is energetic and peppy, just like its protagonist" — Kirkus

“Charming…dynamic…exciting. Readers can’t go wrong with the sheer kid-appeal of a surfing pug.” 

— ​School Library Journal

 

"I really loved Gidget the Surfing Dog because it is based on a true story and about a dog. I loved that all the illustrations were real photographs so I could see what Gidget really looks like and what a surfing dog looks like. I liked that there were also facts in the book. I learned about the different types of waves and how waves are made. I would recommend Gidget the Surfing Dog to kids who like dogs, have their own pet dogs, and who like to learn about real-life stories." — Avery, age 9, kidsbookbuzz.com

 

“This is the true story of Gidget, packed with adorable photos. — Morris, reviewer on Goodreads.com

 

“Rusch's writing and the accompanying photographs draw readers into the story of this Pug which includes multiple, suspenseful (even harrowing), life-threatening moments!” — Sunday, Goodreads.com review

 

 “Cute book. Lovely bright photographs. The kids loved that story.”

— GAMS Mommy, Amazon review

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