Monday, April 14, 2014

Mr. Pig Live... with Evie, Simon and Father

Hello, friends! Today, we have not one, not two, but THREE special 
Mr. Pig Live!
guests joining us. They are the stars of a very civilized new picture book: No Slurping, No Burping! A Tale of Table Manners, written by the Cottage's own Kara LaReau and illustrated by Lorelay Bové.

What is your full name?
E. We’d rather not give out our last names, if that’s all right. I’m Evie.
S. I’m Simon. Nice to meet you!
F. And I’m Father. When do we eat?

What three words best describe you?
E. Polite, Thoughtful, and Kind
S. Polite, Helpful, and Generous
F. Hungry, Loved, and Hungry. Did I mention Hungry?

If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring?
E. Silverware, plates, and napkins. One always needs to be ready to entertain.
S. Pots, pans, and utensils for cooking and baking. Oh, and our dog!
Copyright 2014, Lorelay Bové. Courtesy of Disney-Hyperion

If you have a pocket, what is in it right now?
E. My To-Do list. I always carry it with me.
S. A peanut butter sandwich, just in case someone needs a snack when we’re out and about.
F. [No response. Too busy eating Simon’s sandwich.]

When do you feel the happiest?
E. When I’m sharing a meal with people I love.
S. When I’m cooking or baking something really good.
F. When I’ve just eaten something really good. (Thanks for the snack, son!)

Copyright 2014, Lorelay Bové. Courtesy of Disney-Hyperion
What is your favorite word?
E. I have three: “Please” and “Thank you.”
S. I have three, too: “Whisk” and “Bon appetit.”
F. Dessert. (Hint, hint.)

What was it like working with Kara LaReau?

E. I like that she’s a big fan of manners, and that she loves to entertain.
S. I like that she loves to cook and bake. We shared a lot of recipes.
F. I like that she’s a big fan of chocolate-coconut cake. Do you think if I called her right now, she’d make me some?

I'm sure she would. Kara is an excellent baker; she bakes us treats in the Cottage all the time. But in the meantime, our other top-chef, Nina from Mamabelly's Lunches with Love has prepared us a delicious lunch! Read all about Kara LaReau and Lorelay Bove, then scroll down and take a peek!

Kara LaReau is a former children's book editor and the author of several picture books, including Ugly Fish, Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story, and Otto, the Boy Who Loved Cars and the "Rocko and Spanky" series. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband, young son and their two cats--all of whom have very good table manners. Visit Kara at her web site,

Lorelay Bové was born in Spain and raised in the Principality of Andorra between France and Spain. She moved with her family to Los Angeles when she was 14 years old and is fulfilling a childhood dream of being an artist at the Walt Disney Animation Studios.

She has worked on The Walt Disney Animation Studios’ musical comedy The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, as well as Tangled Ever After short, on the short The Ballad of Nessie, Winnie the Pooh, Prep and Landing, Wreck it Ralph and was the lead designer in Sugar Rush.

Her inspiration includes her father who is an artist in his own right, as well as her tight knit family, Disney classic films, old Hollywood movies and her native Spain and travels. Bove has also illustrated the Toy Story picture book, The Princess and the Frog  Little Golden Book, the Wreck it Ralph Little golden book , the Monsters University Fearbook picturebook, and Disney Animation Studios Artist showcase series: No Slurping, No Burping. Learn more about Lorelay at her website:


  1. What? I thought I commented here . . . Anyway, I have been eagerly awaiting this release and look forward to more books which spotlight Disney's unsung artists. You guys are inspiring!

  2. Sorry for the glitch, Joanne, and thanks for the kind words!