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“Toast” Trumps

“Toast” Trumps

Could it have been the book trailer that led to the exciting publishers’ auction for the picture book proposal Toast Friday?

Or was it just the exquisite digital and mixed media paintings by illustrator-author and animation concept artist Clint Young?

Young’s imagery for his story of Toast, a sweet pig on a quest for someone to love him has been causing jaws to drop wherever it’s been shown at gatherings and critique groups and Austin chapter meetings of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI.)

Agents and editors first noticed his portfolio at the annual regional conference of Austin SCBWI that was held last May at the University of Texas Club. There Young met Little, Brown, and Company Editor Alvina Ling and agent Erin Murphy who both expressed a strong interest in the project.

Over the many months that the work sat at the offices of Little, Brown,  Toast portraits began to show up in Young’s art blog, as the former LucasFilm animation concept artist developed and redeveloped his notions and story and talked about his attachment to his character.

Young’s agent Erin Murphy put the project up for auction last week and it wasn’t just publishers bidding, but a  film studio, The Weinstein Company.

In the end, Toast went under contract to Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan. Liz Szabla will edit.

We’ll have the fun of covering this story as it unfolds in the coming months since
Clint is a regular member of our Central Market Cafe Inklings, (picture book author-illustrator critique group.)

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About The Author

Mark Mitchell

Award-winning children's book author-illustrator Mark G. Mitchell teaches classes in watercolor and children's book illustration at The Contemporary Art School in Austin, Texas.


  1. Nessa Dee

    The illustrations for this book are breathtaking! I can’t wait to add it to my collection! (For the kids, of course.)

  2. Heather Hanlin

    Wow–Go Toast! I feel like I’m missing things way out here in CA.

  3. Donna Bratton

    Yowzer! What a fabulous calling card. The trailer and music would inspire me to bid on it and I’m not even a publisher.

    Thanks for posting, Mark.

  4. R M

    This is really inspiring! I fell in love with Toast the moment I saw this trailer. Beautiful work!

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