and the Search for the perfect job
By David G. Derrick Jr.
Sid the Squid and the Search for the Perfect Job is an inspiring tale for readers of all ages of how truly important it is to find gratifying work. Dave Derrick’s illustrations of Sid and his quest for finding a job that he will love are vivid and engaging while depicting the meaningful message that anyone can find work that makes them happy! –Julie Jansen, career coach and author of I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This
What’s your dream job? Sid the squid struggles with this question by trying out numerous jobs that he could be successful at. He ends up doing what he truly loves based on the innate gifts that naturally define who he is. –Joel Garfinkle, author of Land Your Dream Job
Sid the Squid
and the Search for the Perfect Job
by David Derrick
“[Derrick’s] loose, expressive animal drawings are just wonderful.” – Drawn!
San Francisco, California—September 15, 2009—Immedium, Inc. proudly announces the publication of the children’s picture book Sid the Squid and the Search for the Perfect Job. Written and illustrated by the professional animator David Derrick, this colorful tale addresses the eternal question posed by publications like BusinessWeek, “But don’t you deserve at least one dream job in your career?”
A giant squid with 10 arms, Sid had already wrestled with this issue. Now continuing his search for the perfect job, Sid travels from sea to land. But how can a squid out of water find suitable work? Luckily he meets a girl named Alice, who helps him on his quest. Sid’s humorous and poignant journey will resonate with readers of all ages. Kids are encouraged to try many activities and pursue their dreams. Adults, who want a steady paycheck but yearn for personal fulfillment, also will identify will Sid’s experience of trials, errors…and finally success!
Describing how to find work in the current economy, Forbes magazine wrote, “Many people fantasize about chucking it all to follow their heart, launch a new career and begin a better life… Finding your dream job comes down to two things…First, it’s something you’re passionate about and, second, it matches your talents.” In that vein, Sid the Squid is an inspirational hero for our times. Armed with dexterity and flexibility, Sid has a lot to offer prospective employers, but he still needs to find the “right fit”: a job he can put his whole heart into.
Illustrated with naturalistic verve by a veteran artist at DreamWorks Feature Animation, Sid is an expressive character whose wordless silent comedy speaks volumes in the busy human world around him. Ultimately through a combination of luck and skill, Sid hits occupational pay dirt. “People who are doing what they love hardly feel they’re working at all, just living,” wrote Time magazine. Knowing readers will agree: they could have just as well described our friend Sid the squid.
$15.95 USA, Children’s Picture Book, hardcover ISBN: 978-1-59702-021-3 11 x 8, 36 pages
David Derrick is a story artist at DreamWorks Feature Animation has contributed to films such as How to Train Your Dragon, Bee Movie and the upcoming film Mega Mind. He is the author of African Diaries: Sketches & Observations, and a contributing illustrator to the children’s picture book anthology Scrambled Ink. A sculptor of wildlife in bronze, he studied fine art at the University of Utah and graduated from California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS), where his films garnered many awards including a student Emmy.