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A quick cameo

February 10, 2009

My good pal and fellow kid’s-book-guy, Jarrett Krosoczka, has made several funny documentaries on the world of children’s books. His latest, The Making of a Monkey Man, done for a recent engagement at the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators features a very accurate behind-the-scenes portrayal of yours truly, enjoy:

PS – I couldn’t get the video to embed properly…grrr. So here’s a link.

PPS – okay, got it working:

BOOK BY BOOK: the making of a monkey man from Jarrett Krosoczka on Vimeo.

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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.