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Sammy the Owl (Part II)

January 22, 2014

The creation of the logo for the Amherst public library was a feature article in our local paper, The Gazette.

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Sammy the Owl

November 21, 2013

Last month I visited with Sharon Sharry, Library Director of our public library, the Jones Library. At the suggestion of author extraordinaire, Norton Juster, she’d asked if I could discuss a new award honoring the Pioneer Valley’s local literary luminaries. (more…)

A Ted-eriffic Friday Fan Art

October 25, 2013

Our friend, Stacy, and her son, Brody, just finished a school project involving 2 pumpkins, some pink paint, and my favorite picture book. (more…)

Entertainment Weekly Exclusive: “The Battle for WondLa” Cover Revealed

October 17, 2013

If you’ve been following this blog for the past couple of months, you know I have been sharing much of my process for the upcoming cover to the third and final book in the Wondla trilogy,  The Battle for WondLa.

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The Search for a WondLaful Cover (IV)

September 20, 2013

The final stages of creating the artwork for The Battle for WondLa dust-jacket required me to set down my pencils, pens and paper and grab a mouse, Wacom stylus and keyboard.

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The Battle for WondLa: Third Draft Completed

August 27, 2013

71,000 words later, the final chapter of Eva Nine’s story is off to my editor at Simon & Schuster for final tweaks and copy-editing. (more…)

Friday Fan Art for You Beetleheads

August 23, 2013

Throughout the year I am fortunate to receive letters, drawings, and the occasional package from fans around the world.  These notes contain questions, inspired art and ideas, and conversation all sparked by my work or common thread of interest in the fantastic, art, or books.  I love to read these letters and I am always so amazed to see the beautiful work that is produced. What fans do not always realize is that often times these letters and works are just as inspiring for me as my work is to them.  Sculptural artist, June Gallagher’s, gift provided a mischievous masterpiece of inspiration.
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A Fantastic Field Guide Friday Fan Art

August 9, 2013

Patrik is a teenage artist from a small European country named Slovenia (located next to Italy, Austria, and Croatia) who has been inspired by The Spiderwick Chronicles.  He read the series about four years ago, in his native language Slovene, and became inspired to create his own fantastical project, which took him three years to complete! (more…)

The Search for a WondLaFul Cover (Part III)

August 2, 2013

After many concept sketches, refined drawings, and color studies, I was finally able to begin the execution of the final artwork for The Battle for WondLa. (more…)

The Search for a WondLaful Cover (Part II)

July 12, 2013

Invigorated with feedback from my readers, and my sketch approved by the team at Simon & Schuster, it was time to develop the mood of my cover concept sketch through use of color.

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Friday Fan Art

July 12, 2013

This week’s Friday Fan Art comes from a wonderful local bookstore called The Odyssey Bookshop, located in South Hadley, Massachusets.  To help celebrate The Spiderwick Chronicles’ 10-year anniversary, the staff held a nationwide contest asking Spiderwick fans from near and far to submit a drawing of their favorite character from the series.

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The Search for a WondLaful Cover (Part I)

June 29, 2013

While my first draft of The Battle for WondLa was read by my editor and trusted beta-readers, I switched my focus from writing to drawing. In particular, drawing the perfect cover image to depict the climatic conclusion of the WondLa trilogy.

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The Battle for WondLa: First Draft Completed

June 3, 2013

Fellow Orbonians, the first draft of The Battle for WondLa is completed and with my editor. While he reads it over (along with my beta-readers), I am beginning to design the third and final cover.

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Friday Fan Art

May 10, 2013

Since I am celebrating the 10-year anniversary of The Spiderwick Chronicles this week, today’s Friday Fan Art is appropriately themed. It comes all the way from a small town in Brazil where a young artist turned to the story of Jared, Simon and Mallory for inspiration.

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SPIDERWICK 10th Anniversary Event

April 30, 2013

Just as we launched The Spiderwick Chronicles a decade ago, Holly Black and I are returning to a locally-owned independent bookshop to celebrate the Grace kid’s birthday.

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Fabulous Folded Friday Fan Art

March 22, 2013

I’ve been a fan of paperfolding since my mom bought a copy of Robert Harbin’s Secrets of Origami back in the 70’s.

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The Battle for WondLa

February 21, 2013

For my loyal readers following the adventures of Eva Nine and company, I can finally reveal the title of the third and final book in the WondLa trilogy. (more…)

Friday Fan Art

February 1, 2013

June Gallagher is a New York artist who has had an affinity for the fantastic ever since she was a child.

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Spiderwick Anniversary Covers Revealed

January 26, 2013

Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive reveal of the redesigned jackets for the first five books in The Spiderwick Chronicles.

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Metamorphosis

November 15, 2012

In 2002, Angela and I said farewell to my Favorite City in the World and moved out to Amherst, Massachusetts. We were excited to hang out with artist-friends already living in the Pioneer Valley who were part of its thriving kid’s lit community, but it was the opening of a grand museum dedicated to the art of the picture book that really drew us to the area.

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November is Picture Book Month

November 13, 2012

New Orleans, Louisiana – November 1, 2012 begins the second annual Picture Book Month. Across the globe, schools, libraries, booksellers, and book lovers are coming together to celebrate the print picture book. 2011 marked the inaugural year for Picture Book Month. A resounding success, it went viral through social media and was even featured on Oprah.com.

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Doodling for Dollars

November 5, 2012

If you are in the Pioneer Valley and a lover of kid’s lit, you may want to plan on visiting the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art this Sunday (11/11).

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(A Trick-or-Treat) Friday Fan Art

November 2, 2012

I do hope this Friday finds many of you still enjoying Wednesday’s haul of Halloween booty. For our friends in the Tri-state area, I hope you are safe and recovering from that dreadful storm.

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Jack-o’-Lantern Parade

October 31, 2012

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays ever. I loved it as a kid. I love it more as an parent. (more…)

This Geekdad’s Top 10 Creepy Kid’s Books

October 30, 2012

Wired magazine’s Geekdad blog features a list of some of my favorite spooky stories for kids. Check it out. (more…)

Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.