In a world where there is a dearth of pagan-themed resources for children, it's nice to know that you can count on finding something of quality from the pen and paintbrush of W. Lyon Martin. Her latest offering, Aidan's First Full Moon Circle will appeal to the younger reader (3-8) with its lively language and colorful illustrations. The counting game that threads throughout the book with Seamus the Squirrel was a nice touch (and great for keeping the youngest reader focused and entertained).
More like a traditional picture book than An Ordinary Girl, A Magical Child (I like this piece for older readers 5-11/12), the story puts you hand in hand with Aidan, a young boy going to his first public ritual--a big event for a small person. The ritual itself is well described and illustrated. And it occurred to me that along with easing the fears of any child who is a little nervous about attending circles outside of a family situation, this book (as well as An Ordinary Girl, A Magical Child) will prove to be a useful tool for dispelling misconceptions about families that follow pagan paths. --Natalie Zaman co-Author Graven Images Oracle, and Editor in Chief, Broomstix online
A charming book to ease worries of children about to celebrate their first circle. It will provide parents with a springboard to discuss their family's traditions with their children, and what they can expect at their own first circle. --Ceisiwr Serith - Author The Pagan Family
Aidan's First Full Moon Circle is a wonderful addition to the pagan child s library. The story is sweet and simple and the illustrations are luminous and exquisitely beautiful. Written and illustrated by W. Lyon Martin, this book is a work of art -- a lovely book that children will enjoy reading or having read to them again and again. --Margie McArthur - Author WiccaCraft for Families
About the Author
A transplanted New Yorker now living in Missouri, W. Lyon Martin has been working as an illustrator for 25+ years.
Lyon's love affair with art and illustration began at an early age. One of her earliest memories is of sitting with a pile of crayons and papers strewn around her proclaiming to her parents that someday everyone in the world would be looking at her art. In spite of her parents' attempts to steer her toward a more practical choice, she never wanted to do anything else.
So, Lyon followed her heart and earned a degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, then continued her art education at the School of Visual Arts, earning a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. These disciplines can still be seen in her work in her strong lines, textures and detailed patterns.
Her career began in advertising and graphic design in New York, where she was often called upon to create spot art for a variety of clients, which included Fortune 500 companies such as Kraft, General Electric and Sears. After her move to Missouri in 2000, she turned her focus to her true love, children's books. An Ordinary Girl, A Magical Child, a children's book she both wrote and illustrated was released in 2005. When the original publisher folded, An Ordinary Girl, A Magical Child was picked up by a new house, edited and re-released in 2008, then went on to become a finalist in the 2009 international COVR awards. Four additional picture books and a coloring book quickly followed.
Lyon can still be found sitting around her studio with papers strewn around her creating stories and illustrations for children. She has since traded in her crayons for watercolor, pen and ink, and a computer.