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‘Simpsons’ animator learned the art of taking a chance

John “J.R.” Krause and his wife, Maria Chua, with their first children’s book, published last month. Krause came to children’s books through “The Simpsons” and graphic design.
John “J.R.” Krause and his wife, Maria Chua, with their first children’s book, published last month. Krause came to children’s books through “The Simpsons” and graphic design.

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Spending his days with the Simpsons, immersed in Homer and Bart’s parody land of Springfield, award-winning animator and designer John “J.R.” Krause has developed a unique artistic view of the cartoon world.

The Chelmsford native, who currently designs props for the hit television series, took a turn in his career — shifting from animation to children’s stories — publishing his first book, “Poco Loco,” which hit stores April 30.

Teaming up with his wife, Maria Chua, the duo created a wacky bilingual picture book. The story, geared toward children ages 3 to 7, tells a tale of an inventive and quirky waffle-eating mouse named Poco Loco who saves the day using one of his exotic inventions.

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