'Baths are boring," says Livi, the little girl in a new children's book illustrated by Southampton resident Michael Paraskevas, co-creator of the Nick Jr. TV preschool series "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast."
In "On My Way to the Bath" (Walker, $15.99), Livi stalls en route to the tub by slithering off the sofa, pretending she's a snake and stopping to plan a caper with her pet guinea pigs.
Paraskevas wrote 23 children's books with his mother, Betty, before she died in 2010. Sarah Maizes, the mom-and-son duo's agent for a time, later approached Paraskevas to illustrate her book. "On My Way to the Bath" launched this week, and the two are working on a follow-up, "On My Way to Bed."
"It was my first book I ever drew on the computer," Paraskevas says of "On My Way to the Bath." "It was really fascinating. You draw right on the glass panel. It's like a giant iPad." Paraskevas also is experimenting with e-books; he recently transferred two years' worth of "The Green Monkeys," a comic strip he writes for Dan's Paper publications in the Hamptons, into an e-book available on Amazon.com for $2.99.
"Maggie and the Ferocious Beast" aired in the United States through 2010. Fans will see homage to the beast in "On My Way to the Bath" -- a towel on the wall and a pillow on the couch both bear beast's signature yellow with red polka dots.
This summer, Paraskevas and his sister, Judy, are working on a screenplay for a "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast" feature film.