EARL, The Gay White Shark

Great white sharks like to CHOMP and RIP and GULP! Not Earl! He eats sushi and saves baby seals. When other sharks complain, Earl sets out to prove he’s no different but ends up discovering he is, leaving Earl to wonder if he’ll ever be proud to be EARL, THE GAY WHITE SHARK!

Earl is a gay main character which is rare in picture books. As a gay man myself, I am proud to create this character who learns to be proud of himself. I believe that ALL children should be represented in the books they read!

These are some beginning sketches of the story. I dye the paper by wetting crepe paper (a thick tissue paper) then cutting out the figures to be photographed.