Something Spectacular vastly abbreviates, summarizes, and hypothesizes the phenomenal creation of a heart-shaped rock in the surrounding areas of southwestern portions of the United States; Colorado and Utah. Using approximate dates, it tells of the rock’s formation beneath an inland sea, then its progress through ice ages, droughts, wind, and floods, and finally a massive upheaval of earth as it is hurtled into a deep ravine. A flash flood once again dislodges it, and over time it finds itself at the edge of a path, where a child discovers it while on a hike with her family. “It, a heart-shaped rock, caught the eyes of someone searching…for something spectacular.”
• Carmela LaVigna Coyle is an award-winning author of over a dozen picture and board books. Her popular Do Princesses…series is a favorite among the not-your-ordinary-princess crowd. Carmela has worked with a variety of stellar illustrators including Mike Gordon, Kevin Rechin, Steve Grey, and Bruce McPherson. She has a degree in Education and Art, but insists her real education comes from long walks in nature and motherhood. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her family and lively shi-poo dog.
Carly Allen-Fletcher is a freelance illustrator living and working in the Midlands, UK. Her work explores the combination of digital painting and traditional media, creating images by layering graphic shapes with painted textures and handmade elements. She is inspired by nature and geometric forms. She has illustrated Theseus and the Minotaur and Children’s Classic Bible Stories for Quantum, division of Quarto, and in 2015 she won a silver prize (1,000 pounds) from the UK Association of Illustrators in the “London Spaces and Places” category. Carly is also the author/artist of two board books, Goodnight, Seahorse and Goodnight Forest. View her work here: http://carlydraws.com/