Ramsey resident illustrates second book

Ramsey illustrator recently has had her second children’s book published.

Colleen Muske of Ramsey has illustrated her second children’s book titled “Trudy Beludy and Her Brilliant Tummy.” Photo by Elyse Kaner
Colleen Muske of Ramsey has illustrated her second children’s book titled “Trudy Beludy and Her Brilliant Tummy.” Photo by Elyse Kaner

Colleen Muske has teamed with writer Elizabeth Maier Marietta of New Hampshire in a new book titled “Trudy Beludy and Her Brilliant Tummy.”

The book is targeted for young children. The theme centers on a youngster who is saddened and turns to emotional eating after her friend disappoints her. The story takes the reader through how Trudy solves the problem and returns to her usual happy self.

Much is written on mindful and emotional eating for teens and adults, but little literature exists for children, said publisher of the book Ann Ryan of the Minnesota-based independent publishing firm Keen Editions.

Ryan considered many illustrators for the book, but Muske’s work came shining through.

“She really got the essence of the story,” Ryan said. “She has the ability to do serious art but always with a whimsy and unexpected touch. She’s always thinking what element can she add to make children be tickled.”

This is the second book Muske has illustrated. Her first book, “Nan’s Donut Dilemma,” also published by Keen Editions, was about a little girl raised without a father.

“When I get the text, it’s almost like solving a problem,” Muske said about illustrating stories.

Muske began drawing at age four. In fourth grade she drew what amounted to thousands of horses. She also enjoyed writing poetry.

She still has her report card with her teacher’s comment “Colleen is very creative.”

“I always knew I was going to be an artist for as early as I can remember,” Muske said.

She describes herself as a shy and quiet child.

“I think drawing was a way of expressing myself and trying to talk,” she said.

Muske now works part time as an assistant for a hospital list group at Maple Grove Hospital.

She studied art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis Community College and Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Children’s Book Illustrators Guild of Minnesota.

Muske recently finished her first picture book manuscript about a family immigrating to America and the struggles the family overcame to become successful.

“Ultimately, I’d like to write and illustrate my own books,” she said.

“Trudy Beludy” is available for sale online at www.amazon.com and www.brillianttummy.com or at independent booksellers. Hard cover $16, soft cover $10. For more information visit www.keeneditions.com.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com