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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.

Brody had to do a book report on his favorite book, then decorate a pumpkin as the main character…and he picked Ted. Why? Because this kid has good taste.


First of all, let’s just stop for a second and consider how awesome of book report idea this is. I am totally going to make a (metamorphosed) Gregor Samsa pumpkin this weekend.


Second, are you seeing these crafting skills? It utilizes the holy trinity of craft supplies: googly eyes, felt and pompoms all in one shot. Its a shame Ted will look like an old man in about month once the pumpkins get all mushy. I’d bronze that pumpkin masterpiece and place it on my mantle.


Stacy told me that Brody chose Ted as his book because he loves the imagination of that story – especially when Ted and the kid flood the house. I am expecting a diorama of that scene for next year’s book report.

Thank you, Stacy and Brody, for sending these pics over. I love them so much it hurts. (He better get an A)

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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.