I'm an Art Director, Designer, Illustrator and Writer who was born and raised (and still pays
taxes and plays) in hodag country. As an Art Director I spend my days strategizing and creating visual experiences for the big world of business while my evenings and weekends are spent studying, photographing and drawing all things small. I also create stories and characters for picture books and then subsequently apply those characters and pieces of that artwork to fabrics, paper and products. I call this extension of visual narrative StoryStyle™.
You can see what I'm currently up to over on my BLOG where I post a whole lot of randomness.
|Book : Tales From The Trees|
Tales From the Trees by Jill Kuczmarski
A rhyming read-to-me picture book for kids about the elusive Hodag, a cute and lovable twist to the infamous lumberjack lore of the Northwoods starring Happy the Hodag & Buddy the Bulldog. 6" x 6", soft cover, perfect bound.
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|Book : A Monster Misunderstanding|
A Monster Misunderstanding by Jill Kuczmarski
A rhyming read-to-me picture book for kids about the elusive Hodag starring Happy the Hodag & Buddy the Bulldog. A prequel to Tales From the Trees, this fast paced adventure is about how a hodag and bulldog came to be the best of friends. 6" x 6", soft cover, perfect bound.
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|Book Set : Tales From the Trees + A Monster Misunderstanding|
Tales From the Trees + A Monster Misunderstanding by Jill Kuczmarski
Rhyming read-to-me picture books for kids about the elusive Hodag, a cute and lovable twist to the infamous lumberjack lore of the Northwoods starring Happy the Hodag & Buddy the Bulldog. Two 6" x 6", soft cover, perfect bound books.
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|Plush Toy : Happy the Hodag|
|Plush Toy : Buddy the Bulldog|
|Plush Toy Set : Happy the Hodag + Buddy the Bulldog|
Full color, full screen colorful illustrations:
|Fabric : Happy the Hodag + More!|
Choose the print, select the fabric, decide on a size and bam, order your fabric!
Who is Happy the Hodag?
There are many different depictions of hodags in my hometown of Rhinelander, WI and when I was growing up all of these hodags were shown to be mean and scary. I decided to add a new kind of hodag to the landscape and in 2006 I created Happy the Hodag to be a friendly hodag. Is he the most lovable hodag known to man? I like to thinks so ;)
Crafted to exhibit traditional hodag characteristics but in a more accessible style for children, Happy the Hodag stars in my first children's book Tales From The Trees which is an introduction to the hodag legend for children. I published a second Happy the Hodag book in 2007, a prequel called A Monster Misunderstanding, further expanding on and diffusing the legend of this green beast for little readers and Hodag enthusiasts.
Keep up with Happy the Hodag at: facebook.com/happythehodag.
What in the world is a Hodag?
The hodag is a fictional monster said to be lumberjack lore from the near turn of the century in Northern Wisconsin. The hodag was made 'famous' by a lumber scout in the late 1800's named Gene Shepard.
Gene Shepard was a major booster of my hometown of Rhinelander, WI as it was becoming established and he was known for his sense of humor. Gene pulled a magnificent hodag centered prank on the locals and is the reason the official Rhinelander, WI mascot is in fact, a hodag.
Most folks outside of Wisconsin don't know what a hodag is and that's why I created thehodag.com, to help hodag novices become acquainted with not only the history but also its many meanings within the Northwoods culture.
In addition to my Happy the Hodag series I also have a couple of other book projects in the works:
Park After Dark by Jill Kuczmarski
When the sun goes down in the forest, do the animals go wild?
Sing and dance your little one to sleep with this silly bed time book.
A rhyming read-to-me book filled with vibrant and fun illustrations.
Eleven Odd Mushrooms by Jill Kuczmarski
Join some fun-guy's on an adventure to find the answer to one big question... what is that sound!?
If mushrooms could walk where would they go?
Up a mountain, down a vale, into town to catch a show?
I know of such mushrooms, Eleven of them, it’s true.
Friendly little fellows who stick together like glue.
Won’t you join them on their journey of discovery and good fun?
They love making new friends, you could be the next one!
Jill Kuczmarski | Studio JKD
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