Siblings team up for book of poetry
“Imagination Stew,” a book of poetry written and illustrated by a brother and sister who grew up in Connellsville, will be one of those featured at an ArtWorks Connellsville signing on April 27.
Author Danika Lynn has worked as a middle school teacher and journalist. She lives in Florida with her twin sons, Maddox and Nash — her inspirations for this book filled with poems for children and adults.
“I started writing the book in December 2011 after my boys were born, and finished it in early 2013,” Lynn said. “I then began sending it out to publishers. I read a lot of Shel Silverstein to my sons (“A Light in the Attic” and “Where the Sidewalk Ends”), and I was inspired by his works and how children enjoy the rhythm of poetry.
“I know there is not a lot of work out there on the shelves right now like his, and I thought I could put a twist on my own version of a unique poetry collection with my brother's off-the-wall artistic and colorful style to compliment my off-the-wall words,” she continued. “I also was inspired by my eighth-grade students and how they enjoyed poetry and Shel Silverstein's work when I taught my poetry lessons in the classroom.”.”
Lynn's brother, Johnny Tremba, was the illustrator for her book.
“It was fun and it was difficult, sometimes a challenge,” he said. “I've been drawing and illustrating basically all of my life. I went to Edinboro and graduated with a degree in animation. I'm not doing that though, because of that starving artist thing.”
Tremba is working in movies in Pittsburgh on grip crews, setting up camera rigs and lighting.
“Kids will like this book and so will adults,” Tremba said. “It's a fun book.
“I drew some things over several times when my sister wasn't happy with what I did. We had some of those sibling arguments,” he added.
Tremba is also the creator of the “Yough River Rat” T-shirt each summer. He has the 2013 design done, and the shirt should be ready soon. There has been a new design every year since he began doing it in 2005.
“The book was a challenge for all of us,” said Joyce Tremba, mother of Danika and Johnny. “When they were growing up, she was always writing and Johnny was always coloring, but never in a coloring book. I used to say that someday she would write a book and he would illustrate it, and that's exactly what they did.
“She was in Florida, with twins, and he was here, and they had fights, but the poems in the book are entertaining and the art is bright and colorful.”
“I was most impressed by the book because adults that are reading it to children can relate to the poems they're reading; adults are getting a real kick out of it,” their father, John Tremba, said.
Some of the poem titles include “Stanky Stan,” “Under The Bed,” “Crybaby,” “Hairy Situation,” “Brothers” and “A Light Lunch” — each one brightly illustrated.
“I hope my book can get a chuckle out of young children to middle-school-aged children, and maybe even some adults,” Lynn said. “I live in a small town in northern Florida, and my book has been received very well at local book stores and signings. I have had a lot of support and business through my online sales as well. It is available at amazon.com as well as barnesandnoble.com (and other independent sellers through Amazon).
“This has been a fun process collaborating with my brother and combining our creativity, and I believe we came up with a very unique product that will hopefully make people of all ages smile,” she added.
Johnny Tremba will be at ArtWorks signing copies of “Imagination Stew,” from 1 to 4 p.m. April 27, along with the author of “I Was Mad at God,” Emile Etheridge.
“Please come out to ArtWorks Connellsville and support Emile Etheridge Sr., a great author, and Johnny Tremba, a great Illustrator. You'll also see many new original creations for spring from area artists,” said Dan Cocks, art coordinator at the Gallery and Learning Center, 139 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville.
Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Connellsville Polar Bear Club ready for New Year’s
- Greater Connellsville chamber seeks nominations
- Lynn: Fayette communities enjoying holidays
- Connellsville teen charged in attack on 80-year-old man, daughter allowed to play high school basketball
- Connellsville High announces leads for March musical
- Trinity United Presbyterian offers Festival of Lessons and Carols
- Uniontown self-help book author finds ‘Inner Peace’ through writing
- Connellsville man admitted drinking, fighting with victim before deadly 2013 crash, trooper testifies
- Connellsville/Scottdale Chapter of the Salvation Army needs volunteers
- Normalville church performs Christmas play
- Torture argument allowed in Connellsville homicide case