Friday, June 12, 2009

BOUNDING FOR BOOKS: Zooprise Party/Fiesta Zoorpresa

Today on the Bounding for Books Blog Tour my guest is illustrator and book publisher, Joy Delgado! This book was published by J.O.Y Publishing's Laughing Zebra - Children's Books.
Shari: You have such wonderful ideas for going beyond reading. Tell me about the game you are working on.
Joy: I’m in the process of creating a bilingual board game for 1-3 graders. I’ve taken my V Zoo that’s in the back of “Zooprise Party / Fiesta Zoorpresa” and am using that for the board. I plan on having three different types of cards. They will be Animal Trivia, Act (the child will act out the animal behavior on the card) and Who Am I? (Clues the child will have to figure out which animal has all the traits listed) All the answers to Animal Trivia and Who Am I? will be included in the game in a fun way.

I still have a lot of work to do, but so far I’ve gotten great feed back. When it gets to the serious testing stage, I have a number of schools in Puerto Rico and hopefully will add some schools across the US, to test it.

All the animals at the V Zoo are sworn to secrecy. However, last week I think it was Mori that mentioned it over at the “Zooprise Party / Fiesta Zoorpresa” blog when Zebee was announcing “Zebee’s Summer Zoo Camp.” It’s a virtual summer camp. Your readers can check it out over at the
ZPFZ blog.

Shari: Your daughter, Rebekha wrote “Zooprise Party/Fiesta Zoorpresa” and you are the illustrator. Have you always been an artist?
Joy: Heavens no! I did want to be a fashion designer when I was in college, even got my degree in Home Economics with an emphasis in fashion merchandizing and design. However, this was my first attempt at it professionally. I do “paint with fabric” by incorporating machine and hand stitching, appliqué and more. I started creating these about 8 years now.

Shari: What prompted you to illustrate this book yourself?
Joy: I wanted the challenge. It’s something I’ve thought about for several years and wanted to see if I could teach my old brain new tricks. It’s been lots of fun.

Shari: Your illustrations are delightful! Did it take you long to illustrate the book?
Joy: Thank you Shari. My first challenge was teaching myself how to draw on the computer. “Zooprise Party/Fiesta Zoorpresa” is computer generated. I joke and tell friends that if someone asked me to draw Mori or Lito I couldn’t because I did it all on the computer. I’m drawing more now and am able to draw and paint on canvas better than I could when this project started.

Shari: You also published this book. Is this the first book your company has published?
Joy: Actually, I started my company, J.O.Y. Publishing to self publish Bible studies. The first one debuted in 2004, “Miracles of the Gospels” and the second one, “Parables of the Gospels” is almost done. I plan to add more divisions in the future, like craft books and maybe travel books.

Shari: Do you publish other writers?
Joy: Not yet. I won’t say I never will, but I don’t think I will. My husband and I like to travel, a lot. I think if I were to start taking on other authors I’d be too tied down. Must have gypsy blood or something. (grin)

Zooprise Party / Fiesta Zoorpresa by Rebekha Delgado
Picture book ISBN: 978-0-9755454-1-6
Activity Book ISBN: 978-0-9755454-2-3
Teacher’s guide ISBN: 978-0-9755454-3-0

You can see how these books and website work together go to:
You can also follow Joy’s two blogs:
Zooprise Party / Fiesta Zoorpresa where you’ll find Zebee the laughing zebra and the rest of the gang at the ‘V Zoo’

Joy will give an autographed set of her books as ebooks to the winner of comments at her blog.
Books Go Beyond Reading where you will learn how to take any book beyond reading.

Where can you pick up your copies?

Laughing Zebra – Books for Children
Offers free shipping, discounts and autographed copies

This Old Schoolhouse Store
Offers free shipping and discounts

E-mail publisher

Shari Lyle-Soffe can be found at Margot Finke's website today!


Joy said...

Thanks Shari for hosting me today. This has been a fun tour.

Joy Delgado
Illustrator and publisher of bilingual children’s books

Shari Lyle-Soffe said...

It is my pleasure! You have so many ideas for inspiring children I know my readers will be glad to meet you.


Joy said...

Thank you Shari. It sure keeps me busy but it drives my hubby nuts. He's always telling me I am doing too many things. I tell him God made women multi-taskers.

Joy Delgado
Illustrator and publisher of bilingual children’s books

Jennifer Gladen said...

Great post! Joy - I can't believe you taught yourself how to illustrate on the computer! I can barely draw a simple lady bug on here without it looking shakey.

Joy said...

It took and still takes practice and patience, but it's sooo much fun!

Joy Delgado
Illustrator and publisher of bilingual children’s books

Margot Finke said...

Shari, Joy is amazing, right! AND, I can brag that Zebee and I are old friends( smirk!) so there!!

Great fun, mate!

Try my "RATTKESNAKE JAM" - rhyming fun with Gran, Pa, and the rattlers Pa catches.

Joy said...

Thanks Margot. Zebee says hi and wants to know if you'regoing to participate in 'his' zoo camp? Check it out over at
It's gonna be lots of fun!

Joy Delgado
Illustrator and publisher of bilingual children’s books