July 6, 2021

Ham and Pickles: First Day of School by Nicole Rubel

Nicole Rubel is an author/illustrator known for her uniquely colorful illustrations and charming stories. She has more than 60 books to her credit and is the co-creator of the popular Rotten Ralph series, the basis of the animated TV series that began airing on the Fox Family channel in August 1999.

Rubel’s books It Came from the Swamp, Pirate Jupiter and the Moondogs, and Goldie have been adapted for CD-ROM by Vtech and IBM. Her unique art style was inspired by the paintings of Henri Matisse and the Art Deco architecture of her hometown of Miami. Her imaginative, poignant, and sometimes comical storylines are often derived from growing up with her identical twin sister, Bonnie. As a child she let her sister speak for her. Through the encouragement of an insightful teacher, Rubel learned to speak and write for herself. Therefore, a significant theme in her stories is finding oneself and learning to express one’s feelings and thoughts.

She currently resides with her husband on a farm in Aurora, Oregon. Fang the corgi dog, and their horses, Dancer and Steamer, keep them busy with their mischief.