This book based on a true story that the authors heard from their friends who had immigrated to the USA from the USSR in the 70s with their dog, a wire haired terrier, named Gina. Upon arrival at her new home, 5,681 miles away from her old home, Gina is not happy and lets everyone around her know it. But slowly, she comes to accept her new surroundings and to believe that just maybe her new home isn't so bad after all.
Authors - Jane Bernstein and Charlotte Glynn - found my portfolio on the internet and asked me to illustrate the book. I was really exited: it was my first experience with a client from US so it was a very interesting offer for me. Jane and Charlotte sent me the text, I made a sketch of the whole book layout as my proposal, and so we started to work.
I think the authors and me, we see this story from different angles - I'm from Russia, where Gina's journey begins, and Jane and Charlotte are from New York, the final destination of her journey. I hope this difference made our book more deep and real. But neither me nor Jane and Charlotte are immigrants while Gina is building a kind of a bridge between us. So I hope our readers will look at the story with Gina’s eyes like we did.
May be the best result of this work - when the book was finally published, we got a dog, a foxterrier, named Mukha (a Fly). The best post scriptum ever!