St. Michael illustrator goes the ‘Max’ for new book

Lori DeMatteis of St. Michael shows the front page of the book she illustrated, “Max.” The author is her cousin’s wife, Michelle Klecker-Sailor.

Lori DeMatteis of St. Michael shows the front page of the book she illustrated, “Max.” The author is her cousin’s wife, Michelle Klecker-Sailor.

by Samara Postuma,

Contributing Writer

 

St. Michael resident Lori DeMatteis recently illustrated her first book with western Wisconsin author Michele Klecker-Sailor.

She is a stay-at-home mom who lives with her husband, Monte, and their two children; Sarah (8) and Johnny (1).

“Michele is my cousin’s wife and awhile back I asked her about her writing and if she would be doing another book and she shared with me what she was in the works of,” DeMatteis said. “She had no idea that I knew how to draw when I offered to illustrate for her.”

DeMatteis, a St.Michael-Albertville graduate of 1990 has always had a love of drawing and cartooning and took art instruction as part of a home study that she also completed in 1990.

“I thought this would be a neat experience so Michele sent along the storyline and I brought the characters to life,” she said

The book “Max” is about a bunny that becomes friends with a junkyard dog and the deeper meaning is that despite differences and outward appearances friendships can’t be limited.

“I was really able to bring the story to life by creatively depicting what I thought it should look like,” DeMatteis said.

DeMatteis hopes for future illustrating opportunities and has ideas for a future Bible story activity book. “We’ve talked about maybe doing it again because it’s been really fun,” she said. She has a bachelor of arts in elementary education with a minor in Spanish. She has taught in a classroom setting, small tutoring groups, and one-on-one tutoring. She has also been a student of Art Instructions School in Minneapolis, MN and of The Institute of Children’s Literature in West Redding, CT. Both programs were home-study courses that have been a great asset to her drawing and writing abilities.

“Max” is a softcover children’s book and is currently available for $8 at Buffalo Books or by contacting author, Michele Klecker-Sailor at kleckermklecker@aol.com.

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