Hello, fellow book lovers! Today, I’m thrilled to share a behind-the-scenes look at a wonderful project I recently had the pleasure of working on: “Amora Fedora and the Great Hat Trick,” written by the talented Pauline Ho and brought to life with charming illustrations by Mark Beech.

The Story

“Amora Fedora and the Great Hat Trick” is a delightful exploration of the balancing act we all face in life. Through the whimsical allegory of balancing hats, Pauline Ho beautifully acknowledges and validates the feelings of anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by the myriad of responsibilities life throws at them. The story follows Amora Fedora as she navigates the ups and downs of trying to maintain balance, only to discover that the weight she carries is directly related to her own choices.

My Role in the Project

As the designer and formatter, I had the joy of bringing this heartfelt story to life through its typography and layout. From designing the cover font to typesetting the text for both print and ebook formats, I aimed to create a seamless reading experience that complements the narrative’s charm and depth.

Inspiration Behind the Design

Mark Beech’s illustrations were a significant source of inspiration. His spontaneous, charming, and loose graphic style, filled with bright colors and engaging expressions, set a vibrant tone for the book. To align with this, I researched books with a similar vibe and examined current trends in children’s literature. The result is a design that is both visually appealing and thematically cohesive, ensuring that every page invites readers into Amora Fedora’s world.

The Collaboration Process

Working with Pauline and Mark was a truly collaborative and enjoyable process. We communicated extensively via email, exchanging ideas and feedback to ensure that the final product was a perfect blend of story, illustration, and design. This back-and-forth dynamic allowed us to refine and enhance each element of the book, making it a true team effort.

Reader Reception

I’m thrilled to share that “Amora Fedora and the Great Hat Trick” has been receiving glowing reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, with readers giving it five stars across the board. It’s incredibly rewarding to see how well the book has been received and to know that it’s resonating with readers of all ages.

Target Audience

While the primary audience is children aged 3 to 18, the book’s universal themes of balance and self-awareness make it a meaningful read for anyone who has ever felt the weight of the world on their shoulders.

What’s Next?

Looking ahead, I have a number of exciting formatting, design, and illustration projects in the works. Each new project presents an opportunity to explore fresh ideas and bring more beautiful stories to life.

Thank you for joining me on this behind-the-scenes journey of “Amora Fedora and the Great Hat Trick.” I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it! Keep an eye out for more updates and new projects on the horizon. Happy reading!