NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Elizabeth Doyle is the poster girl for following a dream.
The New Providence High graduate had her children's book "A B See" published July 21 by Simon & Schuster, which is receiving positive reviews from readers online.
"I always wanted to illustrate a book," Doyle said.
Doyle works with illustrators to design books for publisher Simon & Schuster in New York. She kept asking the powers that be to give her a shot at illustrating her own book and finally got the chance. She designed and illustrated "A B See" that went on sale the day before her 25th birthday,
"It's surreal," Doyle said. "I hadn't actually seen it in a store until I came home for a visit and saw it in a book store in Westfield. It was even better seeing it in a store."
The book is geared toward children up to 6 years old. Each letter of the alphabet is filled with illustrations, with as many as 40 filling one letter. She estimates each page averages 25 illustrations.
Children can learn their ABCs by reading the book and parents can join in by pointing out different characters inside each letter.
"It's sort of like a new wave 'I Spy','" Doyle said. "There really isn't much reading involved, but it's definitely not boring. The illustrations fit together sort of like a puzzle."
A graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology, Doyle has a large collection of antique books, which she seeks out for the illustrations. Some she incorporated into her book.
"I love antique books because there is so much handwork and skill in the illustrations," Doyle said.
Now that she's shown the editors at Simon & Schuster what she can do, Doyle has plans for another book on numbers or something that involves adult coloring books.
"One of my styles is antique collage images, but I'm also into folk art inspired, which is more graphic and bright," she said. "Adult coloring for meditation and a calming effect are becoming popular. I'm thinking about something like pieces of wall art in a book format."