Her characters breeze through some often outlandish situations with spunk and spirit and a take-charge creativity that you’ve got to figure are part of their creator’s makeup as well. But even if children’s book writer and illustrator Elise Primavera doesn’t normally cavort through the sort of colorful adventures experienced by the likes of Santa’s sister Auntie Claus or Louise the Big Cheese, her travels to bookshops big and small regularly excite the imaginations of young fans across the country.

Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit drops in on the sunny Red Bank home studio of the award-winning author, a place she shares with a dachshund named Lulu and a hundred works in progress. Primavera visits two area bookstores this weekend — Fair Haven’s River Road Books and the new B&N at Monmouth Mall — for a pair of signing events keyed to her most recent titles, including the new Auntie Claus Home for the Holidays.

It’s all here, with more to come (including Turkey Eve go-out options and our big yearly roundup of holiday-oriented events), in the pixelated precincts of Red Bank oRBit.