Winner of the Story Monster Award Program, and recommended reading by Midwest Book Review and Stevo's Book Review! This first installment of the Commander Josh series, “In Space,” takes readers on a high-flying adventure into the great unknown! Join the lovable Josh, who—with ideas from his favorite travel shows and his mother’s laundry basket—uses his brilliant imagination to take off for the stars. With Explorations of Commander Josh, Donna LeBlanc crafts a unique world in which readers can play and explore, with the promise of many more adventures to come!
About the Author: In her own life adventures Donna LeBlanc studied music and musical theatre, became a wife, worked in corporate America, served as a mentor and as a children’s choir director, and created her own business in faux finishing and interior decorating.
Donna began writing children’s poetry in 2009. While observing her nephew act out the characters he watched on TV, Donna was inspired to recreate a story she had written years ago about a boy who played with his toys while sitting in a laundry basket.
As a child, Donna had always dreamed of becoming a teacher. And as a piano instructor for the past two decades, she has achieved her dream. Donna loves her “piano families” and is extremely proud of their continuous contributions to the community. When she is not inspiring her students and finding new destinations for Commander Josh, Donna is managing her decorating business, is a mentor at a local elementary school, and an executive board member on the town’s business council.
Donna currently resides in New Hartford, Connecticut with her husband, her brother, and two dog daughters, Sophie and Rosa.
Donna says, “I try to be compassionate and to inspire those I meet. Compassion is a powerful gift we can freely give to each other. And the inspiration that we receive helps to remind us that we never know what our potential is until we test our abilities.”
About the Illustrator: Anton Servetnik was born and raised in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, where his love for art began with American cartoons and Japanese artwork. Anton still has some of his early drawings he created as a toddler! Like Josh, Anton loves to travel. He has studied in the United Kingdom, Japan, and the United States. He has had his own adventures in Eastern Europe, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Egypt, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, and Southeast Asia. His time abroad has allowed many different cultures to seep into his art. He hopes to become a successful animator and illustrator, and to share his art with everyone in the world.