Book Reports

Local children’s authors and illustrators tell us what doesn’t make it onto the jacket flaps.


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Roni Schotter
Hastings-on-Hudson, author of The House of Joyful Living
What’s the biggest difference between children and adults? Adults are always trying to impress one another. Children will say anything that crosses their minds. I’ve had kids tell me that I look much older than my author photo. I know then it’s time to get a new one, because they’re right.

Eric Velasquez
Hartsdale, author/illustrator of Grandma’s Records
What’s the one lesson you want students in your FIT illustration class to walk away with? I want them to embrace the process more than anything. They want to go straight to the finished product. I tell them to look at the buildings, the cars, the sidewalk, the streetlamps, the floor, the ceiling, what they’re wearing—everything but the humans and the trees. Then I tell them all these things once started with the rough sketch. Then they begin to get it.

Ed Young
the Rivertowns, author/illustrator of Hook
What is the biggest difference between childhood in China and childhood in Westchester? Children are given so much here, and they expect to be given so much compared to children in twentieth-century wartime Shanghai. We had next to nothing in comparison. We had to stretch our imaginations to create from that. In the end, it was a blessing in disguise.

Mary O’Keefe Young
White Plains, illustrator of Curious George
How do you put your own spin on a design that’s so classic and beloved?
I try to create fun and mischievous pages that show George being George in new situations and try to incorporate iconic elements from the forties and fifties.
Are there any new situations that you’d like to see him attempt?
Hmmmm….Curious George turns the
tables on Internet scammers.

Author of Daniel and the Lord of Lions, and illustrator of The Moon Over Star, respectively, Northern Westchester
What’s it like living with someone else who works in children’s books? GP: It’s wonderful. Jerry had a big hand in my becoming a writer. He kept trying to convince me that I wanted to be a writer when I thought I wanted to sing. Seven of your family members are involved in publishing.
Are you happy your children are following in your path?
JP: It says that they watched their father and mother enjoy the work they do and decided that they could also get enjoyment out of that work.




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