Friday, October 3, 2014

Kauai Children's Author's Book Makes Amazon Best Seller List

"I just can't believe it!" Kauai, author, Monika Mira is just stunned that this simple coloring book made it to Amazon's best seller list in just a few weeks.

"I knew I should release it in time for the holiday, but I never expected it to become a best seller!" says Mira.

According to the author and illustrator,  the book started as party game that she put together for a group of neighborhood kids a couple of years ago. The collection of sugar skull illustration began to grow, and the children looked forward to coming over for the annual Dia de los Muertos party. Each year, Mira would add new designs and new features. Last year, she added the life-size skeleton, which she buried in a mock graveyard outside. She had the kids dig through piles of leaves in the yard to find the pieces of the skeleton. Then the kids brought the pieces inside to assemble the skeleton. 

Mira decided to offer it to teachers as download on TeachersPayTeachers and it did well last season. Lucid Publishing decided to offer it on Amazon this year, and as they say, the rest is history.

The Day of the Dead Coloring Book features ten original sugar skulls designs that can be colored in and used to string banners, decorate an alter, make masks, or for a cultural activities in the classroom. A blank skull template is provided for artists who want to create their own designs. Intricately designed sugar skulls are not all that the book has to offer. Also included is a 4’ child life-sized skeleton. The skeleton takes up about ten pages of the book and can be colored in, cut out and assembled by a child. The life-sized skeleton is perfect for Halloween decorations, party games, or even an anatomy lesson.

The Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Coloring Book is available on Amazon. More information about the book and the author's other books is available at