About Edward Allan Faine & How-To Cowboy
In addition to How-To Cowboy, Mr. Faine has contributed to thirteen books, two as contributor, one as editor, and ten as author, eight of which are children's books. (See Edward Allan Faine's other children's books on this site.)
 
All of this is pretty amazing when you consider that Mr. Faine couldn't write a lick before age fifty. His first technical article was published at age fifty-one; first story at age fifty-seven; and first book at age sixty-two. As for his authored books, you guessed it, he published them himself under his imprint IM Press (who else would?).
 
Mr. Faine is also known as the How-To Cowboy, because of his book of the same name with 22 secret, magic How-To fun tricks, and because if given the chance, he'll show kids how to play hand trumpet, whistle through their tongues, talk like Donald Duck and a whole array of merry tricks. So, if you need to jack up your party, Cub Scout meeting, school assembly, or whatever, please contact Mr. Faine and he'll make certain the How-To Cowboy arrives at your meeting place or homestead on time and in good spirits. And while you are at it, be sure to ask Mr. Faine for his children's event list. He has a different event for each of eight children's books (as can be seen on this site).
 
How-To Cowboy & About Joan C. Waites
Joan C. Waites is a freelance illustrator with numerous credits. To date she has illustrated over 35 books for the educational market and trade marketplace, work for several children's magazines, poster and print art. Her most recent book is Trailblazer: The Life of Daniel Boone, Pelican Publishing (2005). In addition to her interior illustrations for the How-To Cowboy (several of which can be viewed on this site), she provided the interior and cover illustrations for the Little Ned Stories, and the How-To Cowboy Joke Book. She also provided the cover illustration for More Little Ned Stories (all the above mentioned book covers can be viewed on this site). See additional samples of Joan's work at www.joanwaites.com. Joan also has experience in textile and surface design, medical illustration, and advertising art.
 
Joan received a B.S. degree from DeSales University in 1982. She further studied art and illustration at George Washington University, The Corcoran School of Art and Design, and The Maryland Institute College of Art, where she received a Certificate of Illustration in 1990. Her awards follow:
 
Illustrator - Moon's Cloud Blanket, Pelican Publishing; IRA/CBC Children's Choice Award, 2004, National Council for the Social Studies/CBC notable book award 2004.
 
Illustrator - Tell It Again 2, Gryphon House Publishers; Benjamin Franklin Award, 2001.
 
Educational Press Award; Hopscotch Magazine; Art for magazine articles.
 
Joan currently serves as the Illustrator Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic branch of the Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators (SCBWI). She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband, Gerard, and their three children, Taylor Anne, Caitrin, and Haley.
 
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