Kirk Books Publishing produces children's books for young kids and kids at heart. It is the literature and branding arm of Kirk Illustration, the illustration and design studio of Lorenzo "Kirk" Kirkpatrick.

Kirk Books was founded in the midst of the pandemic of 2020, producing the first book The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam as a New Year's resolution, and as a product to showcase Kirk's illustration and design skills.

Kirk has over 20 years of experience as a freelance illustrator, animator, and graphic designer. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He lives in Hoover, Alabama with his wife Julean. To see more of his artwork, you can visit his website at . You can also stay updated on Kirk Books' projects at

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The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam is a story about a mermaid and her fish pal, playing, laughing, and swimming under the sea until a grumpy old clam spoils the fun. It is a charming story told in rhyme with full-page artwork. This book is sure to be entertaining to kids and parents alike.

“I didn’t start with the idea of writing a children’s book”, Kirkpatrick said. “I just wrote a quick and simple rhyming poem inspired by a classic fairy tale to kick start some illustration ideas to add to my portfolio.” He did a few illustrations of a mermaid character having adventures and realized that he may have enough artwork for a full children’s book. “As the number of pages grew, I tested the story out with my little 4 and 5-year-old nieces and cousins to see if they liked it. It seemed to be a hit with them.” Kirkpatrick earnestly finalized the book’s design and published it.

The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam is being self-published through Kirkpatrick’s own imprint, Kirk Books. The book's suggested retail price is $17.99, and is available at,, and other online retailers.



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