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Life does imitate art!  Stay “tooned” for the upcoming Green Pieces cartoon strip storyline about Quint Kangaroo and his brave adventure returning from Europe to his homeland in Queensland, Australia.

In the interim, Quint’s cousin has his own adventure in Berlin.


Photograph: Andreas Schmidt/EPA, Berlin, Germany

Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up has been named a Finalist in the 2012 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards - Humor category.

The 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award winners were chosen to receive the Benjamin Franklin Award during a ceremony on June 4, 2012 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.


The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, recognizing excellence in book publishing, both editorial and design, is regarded as one of the highest national honors in small and independent publishing.  The award is administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association, with the help of more than 160 book publishing professionals from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial industry segments.







Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up

ISBN:  978-0-9833444-2-1


203 Pages Full Color 

IPad App for Kindle and Kindle Color



Email The Pond for copies of all Drew's nation-wide radio interviews which are too numerous to list here.  Here are samples of the latest interviews and articles:



Drew Aquilina Wins USA "Best Books 2011" Book of the Year Environment Category by PRLog  





Upper Peninsula, Michigan. The Keweenaw Report with Rick Allen, live every weekday morning on 97.7 the Wolf at 7am 8am & 9am, with updates at Noon, 3 pm, 4 pm & 5 pm. 

Keweenaw Cougar Featured In Comic Strip—January 9


He’s not quite on the A list…but the Keweenaw Cougar is fast becoming a national celebrity.

Captured on multiple trail cameras since his first appearance last fall, the cougar, nicknamed Trekker, has now been spotted in a cartoon series penned by award-winning cartoonist Drew Aquilina.


Aquilina is best known for his Green Pieces cartoon which uses humorous themes to address environmental issues.


The story about our Cougar caught his attention and Aquilina thought he would make a perfect character for a comic strip.


The first cartoon is already penned and Trekker is well on his way to stardom.  Aquilina said he could see the cougar’s potential as a cartoon character right away.


You can see the first installment of Green Pieces featuring Trekker on our Keweenaw Report Facebook page and Aquilina’s other cartoons on gocomics.com.



The Virtual Scribe by Bonnie Lee



National Geographic Kids - Enjoy Drew's Earth Day 2011 April Interview



PageOneLit.com Book Trailer - April 2011



Books and Authors - Page One Literature - April 2011 Interview



Dresser After Dark Blog Talk Radio - Enjoy Drew's January 20, 2011 interview conducted by renowned talk show host Michael Ray Dresser, Dresser After Dark at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dresserafterdark/2011/01/21/dresser-after-dark--home-of-thought-provoking-talk


EducationNews.org - Enjoy Drew's July 18, 2010 interview conducted by Dr. Michael F. Shaughnessy at http://www.educationnews.org/michael-f-shaughnessy/95914.html. 

San Francisco Book Review, October 2010 - by Jennifer LeBrun


"This book should be in every home and every classroom across America."


Sacramento Book Review, October 2010 - by Jennifer LeBrun



The News-Times, Danbury, CT - "A Pond, a Pencil and a Passion" - Hi everyone. Drew Aquilina earns a living — and a pretty good one, at that — making beautiful parks and gardens come to life with his drawings. But the landscape architect doesn’t stop there with his inspired pencil. Aquilina, a 1985 New Milford High graduate, also uses his drawing talent to make “Iggy” the turtle and other pond creatures come to life in “Green pieces,” his award-winning cartoon strip headed to a bookstore near you. With a launch date set for January 2011, Aquilina is back home this week visiting friends and family, and promoting his book, “Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up.” The animated volume boasts more than 350 of Aquilina’s cartoons, many of which date back to the early 1990s, when “Green pieces” was a regular feature in The News-Times. “I love nature and I love to draw and I love to make people laugh,” Aquilina said Thursday from his hotel room in Farmington. “These were cartoons I wrote back in 1992, 1993, 1994, so it amazes me they’re still kind of relevant and people are enjoying them.” But for a long time — a very long time — Aquilina’s drawings might as well have been cave drawings. The original artwork hibernated underneath his bed in Arizona, where Aquilina lives with his wife, Lisa. “I hadn’t forgotten about them, but in a way I had,” said Aquilina, 43. “Lisa was looking for something under the bed about a couple of years ago and she just pulled them out. She didn’t know what they were at first. “I had shown her the cartoons when we first met, but these were the original (storyboards). She started looking through them and she told me, ‘You have to make a book out of these.’ So that’s where we are today.” To read more about Drew Aquilina and his debut book, check out my “Take on Life” column Friday. Only in the print edition of The News-Times." Brian Koonz, Take On Life, On Life in greater Danbury, CT