Local children’s authors and illustrators tell us what doesn’t make it onto the jacket flaps.
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We caught up with 22 local authors and illustrators—just a fraction of those who live here—to find out what they’ve learned from their careers in children’s publishing.
Tarrytown, author/illustrator of Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty
Is there a children’s book that you wish you had done? Mordicai Gerstein’s most recent two books, How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird and A Book, have both floored me. They are some of the most conceptually unique and brilliantly executed books. Curse you and your eyes, Mordicai!
Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Bedford Hills, author/illustrator of Kindergarten Rocks!
What are the advantages of writing and illustrating a book? My first novel, The Curse of Addy McMahon, is about a girl who believes the family joke that they’ve been cursed. She keeps her diary as a comic strip and so calls it her ‘autobiogra-strip.’ When she’s talking about something very important or private, you get to actually see it happening. If I weren’t the illustrator, I couldn’t have done that, and I love doing that!
|Jean Craighead George|
Chappaqua, author of My Side of the Mountain
Did you expect My Side of the Mountain would be such a success? Oh no! I was sort of embarrassed by it. I didn’t mention it. My daughter was the one who came home and said, ‘Mother, everybody is reading it!’ And it’s still selling. I think people are interested in being green and, in this economy, they want some practical ideas for how to live off the land.