World-renowned illustrator, author, and Muppets cartoonist Guy Gilchrist leads a virtual all-ages workshop on drawing characters from his latest multimedia children’s book, Monster Dance, published by Madeleine Editions. Award-winning True Blood actor and Monster Dance narrator Denis O’Hare will read the story aloud during the virtual workshop. Monster Dance is the first multimedia book designed to help children under 6 cope with drastic lifestyle changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Books can be purchased here.
Meet Maurice, an endearingly melodramatic dog, and Charlie, an artistic little girl, as they take on a world that’s suddenly gone topsy-turvy. A doctor’s initiative, Monster Dance leaves the youngest readers with the lasting and hopeful message that living with a virus — or any sickness — isn’t just “waiting it out.” Together, Maurice and Charlie can make every day count and do what they do best — grow with joy. For every book sold, Madeleine Editions donates three PPE masks to be purchased and distributed by non-profit donatePPE.org to arm healthcare heroes around the world.
Guy Gilchrist, known as “Jim Henson’s Cartoonist,” created The Muppets comic strip (KFS) for newspapers worldwide (1981-86) and had a lead role on Henson’s creative team on Muppet Babies, Fraggle Rock, and other Henson creations. Guy headed publishing and/or licensing for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, Tiny Toons, Pink Panther, and Disney, among others. Guy is the author of 50+ children’s books, and has been awarded three Children’s Choice Awards from the International Reading Council of The United Nations, as well as two Silver Reuben Awards from the National Cartoonists Society (NCS). Guy’s Muppets work was permanently enshrined in the Smithsonian in 1984, with First Lady Nancy Reagan declaring him “a national treasure.” For 23 years, he also wrote and drew Nancy, Mudpie, and other popular comic strips for various news syndicates.
Denis O’Hare is an award-winning actor known for his roles in True Blood, The Good Wife, and Late Night. In 2003, he won a Tony Award for Best Actor for his performance as Mason Marzac in Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out. Since 2014, Denis has appeared in three films that were nominated for Best Picture, including Michael Clayton, Milk, and Dallas Buyers Club.