We are very excited to announce the launch of our first children’s book, “The Oracles Fables”.
Inside the 32-page hardbound book you’ll find life lessons for children based on quotes from the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett.
The stories themselves are created in the spirit of Aesop’s Fables. Each tale illustrates all-too-human behavior by animal characters that face potentially life-changing situations.
The process of preparing the book has been fantastic, much because of the author.
My co-collaborator John Prescott is a very talented writer, and has shown himself to be more than equal to the task of writing creatively for children.
Our history working with John goes back to the Omaha Press Club Show. John wrote much of the script as well as songs for the annual fundraiser. My role was to merely sing the songs and learn my lines sometime before the paying audience arrived.
John is equally at home writing comedy, deadline news stories or speeches for four star generals. He is disciplined and thoughtful in his work and it shows. What made this process so inspiring is the creative energy that John has, and the speed it manifests itself.
In short, John is a pro.
The art took a little longer….
Anyone who knows my work will probably notice there aren’t any pen lines – a departure for me. All the art was done in watercolor and colored pencil with a little help from photoshop. It’s a more painterly approach, and it was a lot of fun building up the layers of color.
Backgrounds were inspired by real locations-some up in Lake Miltona, Minnesota, some here in the Omaha area, and others from Sarasota. Given a Nebraska winter, our next book should be set in Sarasota. The Ringlings had the right idea.
We’ll be organizing some book signings, and we will be on the floor at the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder’s meeting in early May. Please come over and say hello.