For over 45 years now the number one request when people get to know me is that I should write a children’s book. I know there must be thousands of people doing the same but it finally seems like an opportune time. I am developing the characters and location around our home-away-from-home outside of Verona, Italy – where Heidi and I have spent many years with our boys exploring the city and region.

Thank you all for your support on the project – I’ll use this page to post some of the development along the way – be sure to check out my Instagram page which I update on a more regular basis: https://www.instagram.com/francothebunny/




Irwin is a Principal and Design Director at Gensler – a Global Design Firm. Based in the 500-person Los Angeles Office – he leads a talented team of 40 designers who focus on retail and brand design projects. His interest in illustration and drawing started when he was a young boy growing up outside of Boston drawing on the multitude of sketchbooks his father brought him home from work. He studied painting at The Museum School Honors Program, Boston University School of Fine Arts and then received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. After RISD, he went on to study at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Irwin has lived extensively in Europe – for extended periods in Florence, Madrid, Graz and Vienna. Irwin has a lifelong interest in etching, photogravure and layered printing processes and they are being realized in his first children’s book, Franco the Bunny – to be published in 2017. Irwin is an associate member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators as well as the The American Library Association (ALA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). He lives in sunny Los Angeles with his wife, Heidi, and their 3 sons

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