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Peter John Lucking –          Painting in his Garden on a lovely summer’s day in Colorado

Biography of Children’s books, Best Sellers Colorado Author Illustrators
Cheri and Peter John Lucking

Peter Lucking, originally born in England, grew up in West Africa, Cameroons with his parents, Derek and Maria and his two brothers and sister. He graduated from Oxford with a postgraduate diploma in architecture in the early 80’s and began his career. He has traveled the world extensively.
Peter is renowned internationally and nationally for planning, designing and preserving theaters, concert halls and performing arts centers. His accomplishments include, working as a consultant on the Disney Concert Hall and Tanglewood Ozawa Hall as well as but not limited to Principal in Charge and Lead Designer of “The Ellie Caulkins Opera House” here in Denver, Colorado where he lives with his beautiful American wife Cheri.
In 2005, Peter picked up a paintbrush for the first time in 25+ years and painted Cheri and Peter’s backyard English garden located at their home in Colorado. On his first attempt his brother Donald commented, “It looks like paint by numbers.” We laughed!
Painting, The English Garden by Childrens book Author IllustratorPeter John Lucking
Painting, The English Garden by Colorado Childrens book Author Illustrator Peter John Lucking

 

Painting, Jock by Childrens book Author Illustrator Peter John Lucking
Painting, Jock by Colorado Childrens book Author Illustrator Peter John Lucking

Thankfully, not giving up he surprised himself and many others with his painting of their friend Jacque, a saxophone player, painted completely with just a palette knife in 2006.

In 2008, the Lucking Family gathered in  England for a Christmas reunion. Peter’s nephew asked, “What is the true meaning of Christmas and why do we celebrate?” The three Kings (the Lucking brothers), wearing their Christmas paper hats, began to tell the story through the joyful singing of Christmas Carols, when you listen to the lyrics you discover the meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate.

The evening was magical. Mum Maria had left a copy of the original Santa and the Little Teddy Bear a 17 year old manuscript on the bedside table; a book that was originally inspired by Peter’s son Michael’s birth. Peter had an epiphany that night and set out to rewrite the story intertwining carols, developing the characters to create a book that is fun, joyful, educational, whilst it tells you the true meaning of Christmas.

Sunflowers 2006 by Colorado Childrens book Author Illustrator Peter John Lucking

Inspired by children’s movies old and new especially Kung Fu Panda, which makes him laugh from his belly every time he sees it, about 25+ times! Peter dropped everything to set about rewriting the manuscript a full-blown action adventure. The story includes places Peter has visited and lived, working to capture the essence of tradition and place. The result is the epic adventure SANTA & THE LITTLE TEDDY BEAR.

Peter believes that children, parents and grandparents will delight in reading the tale of Santa and the Little Teddy Bear as they travel the world discovering the magic of Christmas and how different countries celebrate. There are so many wonderful places in the world to learn and discover. Peter has written and illustrated this Christmas story depicting traditions around the world through Christmas carols and his personal adventures and experiences. Sure to warm your heart, put some tears in your eyes and a smile on your face. Enjoy the story and the beautiful paintings included in this Heirloom Family Gift Book.

Cheri and Peter marvel at the beauty of God all around us, we Love Life!  We enjoy spending time with our son Michael and niece Courtney. We have a passion for helping children, gardening, gourmet food, music, art and architecture. Often you can find Peter in the garden; or painting with Courtney. We all love to watch ‘kid friendly’ movies; we enjoy  “Up” and “The Polar Bear Express.”

The most important thing Cheri and Peter want to accomplish with this book is to give back to young children in need around the world.

Painting of the Family on the Dordogne River, France by Colorado Childrens book Author Illustrator Peter John Lucking
Painting, Family on the Dordogne River, France by Colorado Childrens book Author Illustrator Peter John Lucking

 

Cheri Lucking and Peter John Lucking, Childrens book, Christmas book, Colorado Authors and Illustrators
Cheri Lucking and Peter John Lucking, Childrens book, Christmas book, Colorado Authors and Illustrators

Cheri Lucking Loves to read and lives to write. She is passionate for children’s books, art and giving back. Bilbo’s Adventures: A Christmas Wish is my first book as the lead author. I played a prominent role in Peter John Lucking’s first Indie Excellence Award Winning book Santa and The Little Teddy Bear as the editor, creative collaborator and inspiration. Realizing a market to capture the attention of the younger audience 3-9 years old, I put my years of copy writing skills to work along with my love for rhythm, rhyme and poetry to write the young readers version of Santa and The Little Teddy Bear. Bilbo’s Adventures: A Christmas Wish has proven to delight a 20 month year old baby.   I think we’re onto something!

 

 

 Get ready for the next adventure from the authors and illustrators of , Santa and the little teddy bear, Christmas book and Bilbo’s Adventures: A Christmas Wish!  Picture book.

Crazy Fun!
The Sky Pirates Treasure
The Good Luck Dragon
Bilbo Clowns a round Down Under
The Mystery of the missing letters

coming soon!

Awards

2011 INDIE Excellence Holiday Book Winner

  INDIE Excellence Finalist for best Cover Design-Children’s books

Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval 

  *Photographs by: Diane Alexenberg of  Timeless Photographie

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