Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee debuts November, 2018!

Lulu is a zipping blend of Eloise and Rick Steves. Illustrator, Renée Graef and author, Barbara Joosse are launching the first book in the series, OUR CITY ADVENTURES with Sleeping Bear Press. Lulu is joined by her cousin, Rocky, as they explore cities and make emotional connections--putting a human face on a real place.

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Join cousins, Lulu and Rocky as they dart across this Midwestern metropolis on a surrey bike, indulge in fried cheese curds, stay at the Pfister Hotel, test out a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and more. "Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee" is the perfect story for those who hold Milwaukee near and dear to their heart, as well as first-time visitors who want tips on what to explore. A great read for any age!

Lulu and Rocky will be branching off into puzzles, coloring books and paper dolls. The fox cousins inspire children to travel: either from their cozy couch or from their coach seat on a plane. The world is their oyster and they travel it in style!

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Lulu Wins the One to Watch Award at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.

From Licensing Global, May 24, 2017

Artist Renée Graef's brand Lulu is the winner of Licensing Global's One to Watch contest for new Licensing Expo exhibitors.

"The Lulu brand really stood out among the entries we received because of its detailed brand concept", says Steven Ekstract, group publisher, Licensing Global. "Beyond being beautifully executed and visually appealing, Lulu's adventures around the world will foster a vital sense of curiosity and exploration in children. Retailers and parents today are looking for more than a cute brand, they want products with a philosophy and purpose, and Lulu, as well as all of our 'One to Watch' finalists, deliver on that demand."

Graef's Lulu concept features a friendly fox, who explores the world's cities with her cousin, Rocky and chaperone, Pufferson the penguin. Lulu relishes both the famed highlights and the unexpected corners of each town she visits, with the help of a local guide, and through her travels, brings the world to children's homes.

The Lulu and Rocky series of “Our City Adventures” is written by Barbara Joosse, author of over 50 books for children in over 30 languages, including "Mama, Do You Love Me?"(over 2 million sold).

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Booksignings in Wisconsin, 2018

More booksignings will be added as we get closer to November!

Boswell Books

Wednesday, November 7, 6:30-8:00pm. Big Kick-off event for the release of “Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee” 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee.

North Point Lighthouse

Sunday, November 11, 1:00-3:00pm. Barbara Joosse and Renée Graef will be present to sign. Milwaukee.

Madison Makers Market: Black Friday Pub Crawl

Friday, November 23, The Brink Lounge, 12:00-5:00pm. Madison.

Milwaukee Makers Market

Discovery World, Milwaukee. Saturday and Sunday, November 24th and 25th, 10:00-4:00pm, Milwaukee.

  Milwaukee Art Museum

Sunday, November 25th, 1:00-3:00pm. Barbara Joosse and Renée Graef will be present to sign books. Milwaukee.

Broadway Paper

Friday, November 30th, 6:00-7:00, during “Christmas in the Ward” Third Ward in Milwaukee.

The Blind Horse Christmas Market

Saturday, December 1st, 11:00-5:00pm. The Blind Horse Restaurant & Winery, Kohler.

Cedarburg Holiday Fair

Renée Graef will sign Friday, November 30th, 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday, December 2nd, 11:00-4:00pm. Barb Joosse will sign on Friday, November 30th, 10:00-8:00, Saturday, December 1, 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday, December 2nd, 11:00am-5:00pm. Cedarburg Community Center (to the left of City Hall), Cedarburg.

Lakefront Brewery

Friday, December 14th, 6:00-7:00pm. Lakefront Brewery, 1872 N. Commerce St., Milwaukee.


Renée's "Getty Inspired" video interview is part of a growing library of video profiles of creative people. She speaks about her work on Thèrése Makes a Tapestry and where she finds inspiration at the Getty Museum in LA.

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