This story is based on a poem by Kelley "Duckee" Magee. It's the story of a little boy who is being watched while he sleeps. He can see figures moving but he's not sure what they are. He thinks they must be monsters and he vows to catch them one night. He sets up a trap and waits and sure enough he catches something. What he caught isn't what he was expecting at all. They aren't monsters but fairies and they are there to help him, to watch over him while he sleeps.
This is a cute little story for believers in fairies.
The illustrations are sweet, with lots of purples and dark blues and bright eyes for the fairies. The shadows of unknown creatures on the wall are shown very well and it reminded me of when I was a child and saw scary shapes in the shadows. --The Well Read Child Review
W. Lyon Martin's new illustrated children's book Watchers is a charming bedtime story for anyone who believes in a little magic and wants to share some fairy dust with their children.
The story, based upon her friend Kelley's childhood nighttime prayer, is a wonderful affirmation of protection and love by residents of the magical world. It addresses the issue of children's bedtime anxiety in a positive and comforting way, with a reassuring message at the end.
Lyon's trademark watercolor illustrations have been bathed in moonlight for this book. These charming paintings are full of soothing and deep colors, and are the perfect compliment to this delightful bedtime story sure to become a favorite part of any child's bedtime ritual of being tucked in with a lovely book. --Mickie Mueller - Illustrator The Well Worn Path and The Hidden Path decks
With its bright energetic illustrations and charming story, Watchers takes us back to the days when all things were still possible and nighttime was a magical time. --Amy Brown Fantasy and Faery Artist
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.