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Dolly Parton invites “Coat of Many Colors” illustrator, Brooke Boynton-Hughes to her Meet & Greet at the Red Rocks tour stop.
The only thing as bright as Dolly’s rhinestones at her Red Rocks Meet & Greet event was the smile on Brooke Boynton-Hughes face! The Colorado native contributed beautiful illustrations for the re-release of Dolly’s children’s book, “Coat of Many Colors.” Within the pages of the book, Brooke’s art brings the story of the song to life. The little yellow-haired girl in her handmade coat is a perfect likeness to a young Dolly. Her cheeks, rosy with excitement about wearing her one-of-a-kind coat!
Brooke felt a similar delight when invited to Dolly’s backstage event during the Pure & Simple stop at Red Rocks in Colorado. Brooke said,
“It was so wonderful to meet Dolly! And her concert was honestly one of the coolest experiences of my life. I cried when Dolly sang ‘Coat of Many Colors’ and ‘Little Sparrow’ (which is probably my favorite of her songs and the ones I listened to a lot while working on the book).”
Like Dolly and Carl, Brooke and her husband enjoy traveling the country in their RV (named Daisy) along with their dog, Olive. She holds a BFA in Printmaking from Colorado State University and an MFA in Figurative Art from the New York Academy of Art. She has been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators since 2005.
“Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton and illustrated by Brooke Boynton-Hughes is due out on Oct. 18 by Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers.
Following the book’s release, NBC is set to air “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” This original movie is the sequel to the 2015 hit television movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”