Iwona is a super talented Polish illustrator (and architect!) -- check out her blog to see some of her amazing artwork. For Baltic, she used oil pastels to paint full-page illustrations. I love the colors and texture!
She also often uses watercolor and other media and is the illustrator of many more children's books -- here are just a few:
I was delighted to be contacted by Iwona, who saw the post and suggested we exchange books! She sent me a signed copy of Baltic with a lovely dedication, as well as a copy of another book (the one with the adorable baby on the cover), a beautiful story about adoption written by Agnieszka Fraczek.
But that's not all -- she also told her publisher, Wydawnnictow Literatura, about our virtual meeting and they arranged to send me another copy, this one signed by the author AND Mr. Adam Buczynski, the officer who rescued and adopted Baltic! Wow!
Thank you so much, Iwona!