Pinky Frink is Now 3 Dimensional!

16 May

Although you can easily create animated cartoons with 2-dimensional characters, it is not quite the same as having them in 3D. Three dimensional animation opens up so many possibilities for character movement that are just not possible in a two dimensional state. With the amazing software packages available in today’s market to help create 3D animation, it was a no-brainer that the next major undertaking was to bring Pinky Frink to life in the three dimensional world (see inset video for a very short example of one of the first animations I did of Pinky Frink in a 3D animated cartoon).

Notice in the video that in addition to the character movement and speech, that the water moves, plants bend and move in the breeze and Granny J is rocking in her rocking chair. Compare the 3D video above with previous two dimensional videos (view a two dimensional Pinky Frink video here) and you will easily see the major differences. Notice in the two dimensional video how the background and characters are “flat”.

Even with all the creative software available, this was no light undertaking. In a three dimensional world, not only must every character from all the Pinky Frink books be modeled, you must also do the same for every prop you will use (furniture, toys, plants, etc.). Then you will also need the terrain (land, water, sky, roads, walkways, parks, etc.). Plus if you want “working” buildings (where your characters can walk through doors, open windows, enter rooms, sit on furniture, use appliances, etc.), you must build them in the 3D world, just like you would have to build them in real life. This means creating the flooring/base, adding walls and ceilings, adding doors and windows, and don’t forget things like window treatments (curtains/blinds), area rugs/carpets, perhaps a fireplace – with a realistic burning fire!

Once you have all of your 3D modeling done, then comes the task of adding animation. Not only do your modeled characters have to move naturally, including their facial movement when posing, or when they are idle, walking or speaking, but many of your props must be animated as well. Trees, plants and bushes must move when a breeze blows. Doors, windows and drawers must open. Appliances must operate with motion similar to real life. Vehicles must be able to “drive” through your terrain. Animals (pets and/or wildlife) must have animations sets that mimic real-life motion and behavior. Even items in your terrain, like water, will contain animated components. Is it a gentle stream, a rolling river, a quiet pond or crashing waves at a beach that will make your project complete?

And let’s not forget the audio! This is not only a simple single voice – you will need audio files for each voice, animal sound, water sounds and any background music/sounds you need to make your project complete.

I utilized a number of different software programs to create the inserted video.

  • For audio editing: AVS Audio Editor
  • For 3D props: SketchUp, Archipelis
  • For terrain creation: Earth Sculptor
  • For animation: Reallusion’s iClone 5, Adobe Animate & 3DS MAX
  • For character modeling: DAZ Studio & 3DXchange & Autodesk’s 3DS MAX
  • For image editing: GIMP, Adobe Photoshop
  • For final video rendering: Adobe After Effects

These are just my preferences, but after investigation, you will easily be able to decide on what products work best for you. Some are relatively inexpensive, but others come with a hefty price tag.



New Book – Pinky Visits the Circus

12 Apr
Book Cover

Book Cover

As a youngster, one of my fondest memories was a family outing to see the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus at Boston Garden. My brothers and I were mesmerized by all of the exotic animals, the daredevils and the skilled performers of the flying trapeze and high-wire. It was my first introduction to the art of Aerial Silk, and to this day many years later, I am still enthralled with the men and women who gracefully entwine themselves in fabric while doing acrobatic feats high in the air.

In my latest book, Pinky Visits the Circus, those same circus acts that wowed me as a child also leave Pinky, her brother Peter and her friend Mary in awe. Just like every other Pinky Frink book, an adorable story with brightly colored illustrations are enhanced by the rhyming verbiage. Along with the big cats, elephants, horses and circus clowns, their are appearances in the book by jugglers, unicyclists, acrobats plus all of the traditional circus aerial acts. Young readers can share the joy and awe experienced by Pinky, her family and her friend as they watch the performance under the big top!

Pinky and I share similar levels of excitement about the circus, so we made a video together to announce the release of Pinky Visits the Circus. We certainly hope you enjoy our short video and invite fans to contact Pinky via email to – Pinky will try to respond to each email with 48 hours!

Pinky Frink Book Club Coming Summer 2013

13 Mar

I am so excited to share this news with all of the Pinky Frink fans out there! The day I created Pinky, she became an integral part of my life. Besides being a great kid who is devoted to her family and cherishes her friends, she is truly a fantastic role model for youngsters.

The addition of the Pinky Frink Book Club will enable young children to expand their venues for engaging in learning activities and playing educational games in a safe, juvenile-friendly environment.  While club members will have access to coloring pages, interactive games and puzzles, read a-long books and learning materials, there will never be any member-to-member interaction of any sort, thereby preventing predation.

Best of all, membership in the Pinky Frink Book Club is FREE, and that membership gives the child access to tons of learning fun that helps promote literacy, communication, thought processing and motor skills.  Though a very inexpensive paid level of membership (Super Adventure Members), the free level of membership will be rich in quality learning entertainment.

Super Adventure Members will receive discounts on special items (Pinky Frink books, Pinky Frink gear & Pinky Frink clothing) plus have access to Adventure videos (Pinky Frink cartoons) and interactive versions of all Pinky Frink books.

I will update posts here on this site to announce when the beta version of the Pinky Frink Book Club launches. At that time you will be able to register for free membership.

Pinky Frink Stars in Her First Video!

8 Mar

How exciting is it to have your creation, the character you’ve written countless stories about, star in her first video? I can honestly say it just tickles me PINK! I am just so thrilled with how the video clip turned out and as a person who has always promoting literacy and reading to kids at a very early age, I am ecstatic that I have a new tool to introduce Pinky to wee ones and parents alike.

The video launched just in time for Pinky’s next adventure book, Pinky’s Special Present, which is scheduled for release by the end of this month. I want to thank all of the Pinky Frink fans out there – you make my world and Pinky’s a wonderful place to be!

Books Are a MUST on Every Child’s Gift List!

14 Dec

There are a few children out there who start their Christmas or holiday wish list with books, but they are not the majority. Most children lead off their lists with the latest and greatest toy or electronic device. The simple truth is, if a child has developed a love for the written word, then often a book is all that is needed to fire up their imagination.

Books, Books, Books

Books, Books, Books

Instead of needing a visual representation to drive home the meaning of the storyline, books use the written word to build a vision. Text formed into meaningful sentences, with descriptive adjectives and action-packed verbs conjure images in a youngster’s mind. In addition to this imaginative stimulation, books help a growing child acclimate to expected norms and behaviors. They teach by example how to act and react to environmental stimuli. Though technology has provided many tools to assist in the learning process, nothing – that’s correct, nothing – will ever replace the value of literacy in a child’s world.

Parents are the first-line teachers in helping to develop a child’s love of reading, which must start at a very young age. Implement a habit of reading your child a bedtime story every night. Schedule a daily bonding session that includes reading and sharing thoughts on the story. It is NEVER too early to start reading to a child. Though their attention spans may be quite short during the toddler years, the more you emphasize that reading is fun, that it is a special time to spend with mom or dad or even alone with a book, the better off the child will be.

So much of a child’s future education relies on their literacy and ability to retain knowledge gathered from the printed word that neglecting to read and develop of a love of reading can be debilitating to their success.  Even simple picture books with a single word on each page will help a toddler build their vocabulary and start to associate words with pictures and recognize letters of the alphabet. A youngster’s mind is an absorbent sponge ready to drink in knowledge.

So when you are shopping for a child, whether a toddler, preschooler, elementary age or a teen, add an age-appropriate book to your gift list.  Assisting a child in attaining literacy is the greatest gift you could ever give them.


For toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary readers, try one of the Pinky Frink’s Adventures of Pinky Frink’s Learning Books, available in print and digital versions from the following retailers:

Pinky Frink books at

Pinky Frink books at Barnes and Noble

Pinky Frink books at the iBookstore (iTunes)

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Reading to Your Child – A Gift Like No Other!

12 Sep

Parents have the best opportunity to bolster a child’s learning ability when they make reading books a primary activity in a youngster’s life. The gift of sharing the written word will not only create cherished memories you will recall later on, but will also prepare your child for the life ahead of them. During the toddler, preschool and early elementary years, promoting reading as an enjoyable experience will result in advantages that will help your child succeed in life later on. Aside from altering the staggering illiteracy rates, the benefits of fostering a love of reading include:

Fun, Fun and more Fun. Most children learn quickly the difference between work and play. They recognize the distinct differences between a chore or burden and a pleasurable activity. When you begin reading to your child at a very early age as a pleasant activity you both can share, the child will associate reading with something fun, versus a task. As the child grows, reading as a pleasurable pastime will positively impact their performance in academia.

Discipline. Although your first attempts at reading to a young toddler may include a lot of fidgety behavior, eventually as you engage with them, their attentiveness and attention span will increase. As colorful illustrations grab their attention and your voice bring those pictures to life, the amount of time the very young child will sit still and listen will increase and soon they will be captivated. After they have attained the level of self-discipline to last for the duration of the story, you may find them requesting a second or third book. This simple exercise in self-discipline will assist them in later years when at college they must set their own study habits.

Handling change. Transitions are never easy for anyone, toddler, teen or adult. By observing how characters in stories handle changes, young children pick up on methodologies for handling the stressful events in their lives. From new babysitters, to the first day of school, to handling the loss of a pet, friend or family member, books can help a child learn from a very early age how to handle stressful situations in a healthy, positive manner. Learning that experiencing anxiety is normal and providing examples of how to appropriately relieve stress is something that will benefit the child throughout their entire lifetime.

Deepening a parental bond. Just as when you cuddled and comforted your child as an infant, if you make curling up together with a good book a pleasurable experience, the closeness and open discussion will help foster an open line of communication that will remain with your child throughout their lifetime. Even a toddler can point out what they like best in a picture book and as your child ages, the depth of discussion will expand. Relate stories to events in the child’s life and have them talk openly and freely. The bond built early will be helpful during the upcoming teenage years and beyond.

Academic performance. Many scientific studies have proven that reading to children from the time they are toddlers will result in a higher aptitude for learning. Children who have spent lots of time with parents reading books typically do well with the curriculum in formal education.

Speech. When you read to your toddler, you are reinforcing language sounds the youngster will retain and apply to learning our language and their own speech. Important skills like articulation, enunciation and proper grammar are emphasized.

Reading basics. Reading to a very young child helps them to comprehend quickly that text flows from left to right, and words on the page are not part of the illustrations. These fundamental basic skills are promoted through early reading with your child.

Communication. By experiencing how literary characters interact with each other, plus with discussion about the story you are reading, a toddler learns the basics of communicating with others at an early age.

English language. Reading to toddlers very early has been tied to a better understanding of the fundamentals of the English language, which is an excellent foundation for the upcoming school age years.


Logic and concepts. Reading to a child from a very early age is inheritably tied to formulating your child’s ability to understand cause and effect, practice good judgment, apply logic to situations and problems and grasp complex and abstract concepts. Interactions between people and dilemmas solved in books help your child relate to scenarios within their own world, and apply similar methodologies. The more your toddler starts to relate what occurs in books to what’s taking place in their own life, the more excited the child will become about time spent reading together.

The power of reading well should never be underestimated, and a parent’s ability to instill a love of reading at an early age is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. It is also one of the most rewarding experiences you will remember fondly once that child is grown and out from your nest. When you share these precious moments reading with your child, you are preparing that child to excel in later academia and in life. It is never too early to start your child on the path to a love of reading that will benefit them throughout all of their days.

Pinky Outlines Healthy Habits for Kids

4 Sep

How do you respond to a child when they question why they should have water in lieu of a sugary beverage? What do you say when your youngster wants to surf the net without supervision? How do you relay to kids the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, following safety rules and proper hygiene?

In her latest book, “Pinky’s Healthy Habits“, the author provides young audiences with healthy practices and approaches for living a healthy lifestyle. Throughout the cute rhyming verses, main character Pinky Frink details why she follows the guidelines laid down by her parents. From the snacks she chooses, to the safety measures she follows and in all her daily practices, Pinky outlines the importance of eating healthy foods, maintaining proper hygiene, getting plenty of exercise and taking steps to insure her safety.

We all know that the healthy habits children learn in their early years stay with them for a lifetime. “Pinky’s Healthy Habits” promotes proper hygiene, a healthy diet, the benefits of exercise and children’s safety, all in a fun rhyming story that will engage juvenile readers. In addition to general healthful habits, the storyline also depicts regular activities that help Pinky to become a well-rounded individual.

The book is available both in print and digital formats from the following booksellers:

ABC Fun with Pinky Frink!

28 Aug

Learning games make gaining knowledge fun, and that’s just the case in the new book, “Pinky’s Alphabet Fun”, one of the Pinky Frink’s Learning Books just released. Pinky, along with her faithful friend Mary, embarks to find items throughout her home for each letter of the alphabet. Although they can come up with many words that begin with each letter, the game’s rules restrict them to only those things in her house or out in her yard.

The greatest aspect of this darling story in rhyme is that after reading how Mary and Pinky play their alphabet game, you can engage your child in a similar activity to bolster learning their ABC’s. It is commonly accepted that both subject retention and comprehension significantly increase when the learning task is supplemented with an activity. What better way to learn the alphabet than to associate the letters with the names of items around your own home that your child sees regularly?

Each page in the book contains and alphabet block containing the letter the pals are working with, plus the words for each item are highlighted within the story text. The colorful illustrations emphasize the highlighted words.  This book is highly recommended for young juvenile audiences and will provide countless hours of learning fun.

The book is available in both print and digital formats from the following booksellers:

Pinky Frink Helps a Dyslexic Friend

20 Aug

The word dyslexia comes from the the Greek words “dys” (bad, abnormal, difficult) and “lexis or legein” (word and speak) with the following definition:

“a developmental disorder which can cause learning difficulty in one or more of the areas of reading, writing, and numeracy”

In the latest Pinky Frink Adventure, “Pinky Helps a Friend“, Pinky assists her friend Mary in overcoming some of the obstacles her dyslexia spawns. When poor Mary becomes disheartened and feels ostracized, Pinky helps her practice her writing and keep her stress levels down.  The two girls lay out a plan to help Mary achieve her goal of obtaining a passing grade on her next spelling quiz. With some guidance from her mother, Pinky  engages Mary in activities to assist her in overcoming her learning challenges.

Throughout the adorable, rhyming story, the author weaves subtle hints about friendship, kindness and family values. The brightly colorful, cute illustrations enhance the tale and will capture any young reader’s eye.

Does Mary pass her spelling quiz? You’ll just have to read this charming children’s book to find out!

You can meet the author by visiting her biographical page on or at Amazon™.

Aliens? Of Course! – Pinky Visits Outer Space

10 Aug

A rocket ship zooming through the galaxy; cute, tiny extraterrestrials with fairy-like wings, webbed feet and clownish hair; and main character, Pinky Frink acting very diplomatic is what you’ll find  in the latest Pinky Frink’s Adventure, “Pinky Visits Outer Space“.

Cover Art

In this wonderful fantasy for early juvenile audiences, Pinky has a tremendous space adventure where she encounters strange beings but remembers to always remain polite and heed warnings about interaction with strangers previously provided by her parents. Pinky shows she remembers her parent’s safety guidlines when she doesn’t enter into the strange alien’s home and politely declines offers of beverages for the same reason.

Pinky shares details about her life on earth with the inhabitants of the planet she’s exploring, plus learns some things about their way of life too. The ending has a delightful twist (I won’t give it away here!), and a discerning eye viewing the final page may notice something in the background that may keep the reader guessing!

The wonderful rhyming storyline is enhanced by the colorful, cute illustrations. This book will be a definite plus to any early juvenile library (toddlers to early elementary). It is available through the following booksellers in a variety of formats – but for traditionalists, I always recommend a printed copy, with a digital copy as a “travel companion”!