mike curato

illustrator, author, graphic designer, cupcake connoisseur


I have officially accepted an offer from Henry Holt Books for Young Readers (a subsidiary of Macmillan) for a 3 book deal starring our favorite polka-dotted elephant, Elly!!! The first book is slated for release in Fall 2014.

These have been some of the most surreal days of my life. I really don’t know what to say. A big thanks to Brenda Bowen for being the most amazing agent ever. In such a short period of time, I feel we have grown very close, and I have learned so much from her. Thank you to my Mom for putting me in art class when I was 4 years old, and to Dad for supporting me through college. Thanks to Dan for all of the love, support, and patience over this long journey. Thanks to all of the art teachers I’ve ever had, most notably Laura Nicholls, Charlene Margiotta, Tonya Mulligan, John ThompsonYvonne Buchanan, and Roger DeMuth. Thanks to my art friends for always being with me in my studio in spirit, cheering me on: Julia Cocuzza, Mike Lewis, Cathy Robustelli, Merve Ozal Atasagun, Beth Page, Chiara Bajiardi, Emilie Combs, Erick LedesmaDave Cole, Vanessa LauriaSarah Jane Lapp and Mark Kaufman. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way.

Also, a huge thanks to Laura Godwin, Rebecca Hahn, and everyone else at Holt, who believe in Elly and who are committed to sharing his stories with the world. I cannot wait to start working together!

To read the official press release, click here and scroll all the way to the bottom.

You may wonder how I am feeling. You can combine any of these descriptors, and you’d be correct: giddy, humbled, ecstatic, speechless, nauseous, invincible, dumbfounded, grateful, celebratory, nervous, shaky, high, flabbergasted. Add your own feelings to the list!!!


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33 thoughts on “I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!!!

  1. Wow! congratulations are certainly in order. You’ve worked hard at your craft and the “deal” is well deserved!

  2. Hells yeah, Elly! Cupcakes for everyone!!! Congrats Mike… that is phenomenal. I am in total awe.

  3. You are brilliant! THIS is brilliant! BRILLIANT. SO happy for you. Love you.

  4. This just in from NYC: Elly is the toast of the town!

  5. Philip on said:

    Sign us up for the full set! Congratulations, M!ke.

  6. I am so flipping happy for you (and Elly!) I cannot wait. :) CUPCAKES FOR EVERYONE!!!

  7. So happy for you, Mike–you deserve it! Can’t wait to spread the word about your book. Please keep us posted here @The Business of Books!

  8. this is awesome :) so happy for you mike! congrats!

  9. Congratulations! As I know Elly is a nutritarian, I am sure that those cupcakes are made with whole grains! :)

  10. Congratulations!!!!!

  11. Mike! How fabulous! I am extremely happy for you, and WOW– THREE books! Now you REALLY have to sign my Elly print ;)

  12. Mike Lewis on said:

    Love you, Mike. You made it and you are so deserving of it!

  13. You are awesome!! So happy :) V.

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