A book about missing someone
Words and Pictures by Andy Cohen
‘Wish you were here’ is a light-hearted book about missing someone, based on a true story about a preggy lady who really, really misses her Dad. One day the lady has a dream where her Dad explains exactly why he can’t be there for the birth of his grandchild and leaves his daughter with a much deeper understanding of why things are the way they are. This book is as much for adults as it is for children, and is written and illustrated as a way for families to talk about those special people they wish were still in their lives.
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Author: Andy Cohen
Full Colour illustrations: Andy Cohen
Edited by Tiffany Markman (Editor of ‘Oliver’s Outline’ by Alan Glass – Pan Macmillan)
Size: 8,5 in x 8,5 in
Gsm: Cover laminated 240 gsm, inside pages 240 gsm (local copies. Amazon copy type varies to this) Paperback
Recommended selling price: R150
Author contact details: +27(0)72 908 4878 / email@example.com
Andy Cohen is an arty lady who loves to create books about things that matter. She is trained as an Art Counsellor, which is a fancy way of saying that she creates safe spaces for non-arty people to talk, create and feel heard. Andy is also a practicing artist and has her Masters in Fine Arts (with Distinction). She is also extending her practice by becoming a Psychoanalyst. She currently lives in South Africa surrounded by her sassy family, her rambunctious dogs and lots and lots of art supplies.
The author wrote and illustrated the book out of a need to connect with her father who died in a tragic plane crash in 2001. Many years later, pregnant with her first child, Cohen dreamed about her father who explained to her why he was not able to be there for the birth of his first granddaughter, and left the mom-to-be with a much deeper understanding of why things are the way they are. The story was subsequently conceptualized in artistic form as a way to talk to her child about her late father. Who although was not physically there, could still exist in a different way for her child, brought to life through her mother’s stories and memories.
The book is designed and written as much for adults as it is for children. It can be read to children of any age and is designed in such a way that it allows adults to generate conversation with little people about those who are not there. It also provides solace to those who have lost someone special and want to share the connection they had with those left behind. The book features a double page spread at the end with art activities and conversation-starters to help families navigate the sometimes-awkward subject matter and open-ended questions. The wish for this book is that it helps families, caregivers, teachers and adults in general address loss with themselves and their children in constructive, positive and loving ways. Spin-offs to this story will include a series of companion books that will guide families in creating their own stories about lost loved ones.
The author is a practicing artist and counselor specializing in work with typically ‘non-artistic’ adults and children alike. Her scope extends from the commercial and corporate sectors to therapeutic creative engagements. Cohen is actively involved in talks and workshops around bereavement, loss, igniting creativity and using art as a creative interface with everyday life. These workshops are interactive and engaging bringing art, story telling and therapy into a common space.
The author’s Facebook group www.facebook.com/StoriesThatMatter2U has a growing community of people who are passionate about story telling as a way to manage life’s greatest challenges and includes ongoing book reviews, story-telling, creative activities for families and related news.
The author is also actively marketing the Amazon listing online and is open to ideas and marketing collaborations with Retail partners as well.