Former Blue Earth resident and well-known cartoonist Joe Engesser did the illustrations for a new children’s book that deals with an unusual subject.
The book was written by Marcus Eytcheson of Fairmont Roofing. The book is titled “Up on the roof” and is subtitled “Marcos the roofer.”
Eytcheson says he was inspired to write the book after reading to his daughter Esme’s elementary school class.
“Back then I wished I could have read a book about what I do for a living” he says. “I dedicate this book to all of the hard workers out there who climb that hot roof every day. I hope this story gives them a chance to read to their children at night before putting them to bed. I believe it is extremely important that children understand what we are doing to support our families on a daily basis. “
Engesser got involved as an illustrator because a few years ago Eytcheson had the roof of Engesser’s father.
“Marcus recently contacted me to illustrate a children’s book story he was making up.” Engesser says. “I was grateful for his kindness in dealing with my father. Also, I really liked the real feel of the story. “
Engesser says he doesn’t usually do these types of duties, but he has connected with this one.
“I read in all three of my sons’ classes years ago and thought it was a fun idea.” He explains the premise of a book about what a child’s parents do for a living.
The book also includes a paragraph about how Marcos works on each page, as well as the same paragraph, which is then also written in Spanish.
Engesser wasn’t the only current or past member of his family to work on the book. The credits side has “Colors by Dawnelle Engesser” and “Layout by Ryan Engesser.”
“Although Dawnelle and I are no longer married, we have teamed up on previous book and art projects and she enthusiastically agreed to do the color work for ‘Up on the Rooftop’.” Engesser says. “And our son Ryan has worked on other professional book layout and design projects too, so his expertise has come in handy. Kind of a family affair. “
Engesser, who lives in Red Wing, says Eytcheson was very pleased with the outcome of the book and plans to market it through his Fairmont Roofing.
Eytcheson says he has been in the roofing industry for most of his life.
“I started from the top (come on, that’s funny), tearing down clapboards and dragging tarpaulins to the dumpster after cleaning up.” he says. “I worked my way up the ladder on various roofers and installed asphalt shingles, flat rubber roofs and metal roofs.”