Myra and The Drawing Drama
Myra and The Drawing Drama

Myra and The Drawing Drama

By Rosemary Rivera, Illustrated by Mario Menjivar, Edited by John Shableski




64 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25

Formats: Hardcover

Hardcover, $16.99 (CA $21.21) (US $16.99)

Publication Date: October 2022

ISBN 9781637610145

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: October 2022


Myra is a 2nd grader with dreams of winning the school art contest and the adoration of the world. Judging from the grownups’ reactions, it looks like Myra’s dream is about to come true. Or is it? A funny, Almost True story about what happens when adults forget how to think like a kid. The day of the school’s art contest is here, and Myra can’t contain her excitement because this year she’s in it to win it! After many tries, she creates her masterpiece and turns it in for review. The teacher’s reaction sets off a chain of events that take her (and the reader) on unexpected twists and turns. Based on a true story, this unconventional parable is a fun ride with a message that encourages empowerment through confidence, resourcefulness, and resilience.


"Myra and the Drawing Drama will be on shelves September 22nd. Look for it then, if you want a picture book that doesn't blend nicely into the background like all the rest. Just make sure your jaw is tightly fastened to your head when you read it and doesn't go rolling under the futon like mine did." --Betsy Bird, Librarian, Reviewer, Blogger, School Library Journal

Author Biography

Rosemary Rivera started writing when she was 7 years old, though some teachers didn't believe her, so they made her "write something" while they sat and watched. It was actually fun! She tried drawing too, but that's when she got in trouble. This story is based on that adventure. It didn't end the same way, though. She's still waiting for her talk show appearance. In the meantime she writes all sorts of stuff: articles, op-eds, and even animated show ideas with her partner in crime, Mario. Her favorite pastime: hanging out with her Superboy, Tyler. Mario Menjivar's artistic journey began when his family moved to New York from the seaside town of Tela, Honduras when he was 7 years old. He went from swimming in the beach every weekend to spending long stretches indoors during the long Bronx winters. His favorite TV shows like "Lost In Space," "Star Trek," Hanna Barbera, and Bugs Bunny cartoons inspired his imagination and doodles. A teacher in elementary school was so taken with his drawing skills that she shared her own son's artwork and even took him to the Bronx Zoo to learn how to draw animals. Mario's love for drawing took him to art schools and a career in animation and illustration. His filmography includes Disney classics "The Lion King," "Pocahontas," "Hercules," "Tarzan," and the Warner Bros. film "Looney Toons: Back in Action." He's also been an art director for independent feature films and a merchandise designer for Disney. These days, when not teaching a new generation of animators at The School of Visual Arts, Mario co-creates and illustrates picture books and a comic strip.