Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Road Trip Carolina A Ride Across the Old North State

Road Trip Carolina, A Ride Across the Old North State


Just in time for summer adventures and memorable vacations comes Road Trip Carolina, A Ride Across the Old North State, the new children’s book by local author Missy Julian Fox and textile artist/illustrator Elaine O’Neil. Their successful work on Goodnight Carolina, a book about Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina, led them to team up again on a fun-filled invitation to explore their home state.

Buckle your seat belt for a lively trip!  Cruise across mountain peaks and sandy shores. Travel to storied landmarks and enchanting sights.  Road Trip Carolina is certain to spark wanderlust in the young explorer and cherished memories in those who already know and love North Carolina. 

The book travels across the state through four distinctly wonderful seasons and stops in to visit legendary state sites – like Grandfather Mountain and Biltmore from the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It continues through the Piedmont and Sandhills and on to the beach to "bury toes in silky sand" and fly kites at the Wright Brothers Memorial.  Energetic, rhythmic, playful and educational, words and illustrations capture the heart and intrigue of this rich and diverse state.

Author Missy Julian Fox says, “So many people have been asking us to do a book about North Carolina!  This book captures why we love this state and feel such pride to be a North Carolinian.”

Hillsborough illustrator Elaine O’Neil says, “I have been creating North Carolina scenes for more than a decade now.  For me, this beautiful state never fails to fuel inspiration and ignite a creative spark!” 


MISSY JULIAN FOX, a born and bred North Carolinian, lives in her hometown of Chapel Hill.  Her elementary school dreams were to be a mom, a teacher and a writer.  Earning a B.A. degree in English from Carolina and a M.Ed. from Boston University, Missy served as a Title I reading teacher, forging a commitment to children, education and access that continues to be a lifelong passion.  She literally grew up in her parents’ legendary clothing store, Julian’s, on Franklin Street.  She managed the business for 15 years as she raised her family and advocated for downtown and her community.  Currently, Missy works as Director of UNC Visitors’ Center, connecting people to the University’s history, charm and impact to the town, the state and beyond. 


ELAINE O’NEIL lives in Hillsborough, NC, the great-granddaughter of a Maine lighthouse keeper, granddaughter of a farmer and daughter of an ardent seamstress.   She has been re-creating the places we love in North Carolina with her unique textile collage art for over a decade.  Instead of using paint, she creates each image using a myriad of fabric colors and textures, all painstakingly sewn together, to evoke a sense of place and connection with wonderful memories.  She graduated from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, earning a B.S. degree in textile design. Her work is featured in galleries and shops across North Carolina and the USA.  The North Carolina Cancer Hospital displays a collection of her art to inspire and honor patients from all 100 counties in the state.

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