Young fans line up to greet author, illustrator that brought Agate the moose to life

By KBJR News 1

August 16, 2014 Updated Aug 16, 2014 at 10:36 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Fans of all sizes were eager to see the latest release from the Duluth–based author and artist duo that brought Agate the moose to life.

Earlier Saturday, author Joy Dey and illustrator Nikki Johnson were on site at Barnes and Noble in Duluth to greet those young fans, and their parents.

The duo help make up SWAK, or Sit With a Kid Publishing, based in Duluth.

Along with book signings, Dey and Johnson presented their newest book, One Gorilla, and offered kids story telling and painting demo opportunities.

"It starts out with a cranky, awful jungle, and one kind act starts to turn things around," said Dey, without spoiling it for those who haven't read it yet.

"There is so much talent here, and the lake is such an inspiration for me as a painter," said Johnson, "we just need to share our creativity with anybody and everybody we can."

The presentation also highlighted SWAK Publishing's Ben Franklin Gold Award winner for Best Children's book 2014 "Just Another Monday."

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