Blaine Kern



Blaine Kern is a legendary artist who founded Kern Studios as well as the popular tourist attraction Mardi Gras World.  Known as “Mr. Mardi Gras” for revolutionizing Mardi Gras, Blaine has produced events, parades, sculptures, and attractions for theme parks worldwide, including Disney World and Universal Studios.  Blaine was even offered a job personally by his idol, Walt Disney. 




10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Children’s Author Tent 1
Book Talk
A Tree in the Sea

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


A Tree in the Sea

Colorful, bright, and engaging, world-renowned float designer Blaine Kern's illustrations capture the whimsy and fun of wife Holly Kern's fanciful story about overcoming differences and the joys of friendship.

In singsong rhyming verse, Holly Kern takes readers on a dreamlike tour under the sea. There, dreamy wanderers meet a tree that is totally out of its element. Rooted to the sea floor yet surrounded by the wonders of the ocean, the tree realized how lonely life is without friends. But it is hard to make friends when we are different! As the tree slowly begins to develop friendships with the various creatures that share the deep blue, the newly formed relationships are threatened by a group of toothy sharks. With courage and strength, the tree uses its differences to save the day. In typical Mr. Mardi Gras fashion, the aquatic friends come together to form a parade celebrating their friendship.


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