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Becky Gehrisch


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I was introduced to the craft of picture books with a “Written and Illustrated By” project in the eighth grade. The experience lit the fire in me to pursue the dream of being a picture book author and illustrator.


Fast forward many years, I have earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University in painting and drawing, joined the Society of Children’s Book Writer and Illustrators, and am now making my dream a reality.

Below is more information on my debut picture book!

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-Becky Gehrisch

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Escape to Play

When the farmer is away, the dogs will play!

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What could go wrong when three mischievous dogs slip out before dawn to explore the farm? Follow the pups as they make a mess in every new place they go.


Playful poetry and whimsical illustrations invoke an upbeat feeling as you turn each page.


Escape to Play is a reminder to have fun by discovering the world around you. Be sure to keep an eye out for some special paintings hanging on the farmhouse walls! 


"A humorous and entertaining canine tale."

— Kirkus Reviews

Betsy Bird

Children's Author, Librarian, Podcaster, Blogger and Reviewer

Pup-based pandemonium strikes when three overeager canines wreck a particular kind of homegrown chaos on an empty farm. Kids with a penchant for cute doggies and finding hidden pieces of famous art will howl for more.

Kellie Hall

Director - Early Childhood Development,
Ohio Wesleyan University

The dog's adventure is one all children will love! They will giggle over the pictures and guess the rhyming words as they read along.

David Weaver

 Escape to play is a charming and delightful book for young readers...that will give youngsters what is probably their first exposure to some great art masterpieces!

 Executive Director,
Ohioana Library Association

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