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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.

Ang, Soph and I enjoyed some serious trick-or-treating in nearby Northampton (where I freaked out more than one passersby with my undead Elvis costume…thank you, thank you very much).

Speaking of costumes, I was delighted to receive some snapshots of some recognizable faces this holiday, like this Spiderwickian wood elf:

That’s Hadley, from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She and her mom raided the local craft store to get the headdress just right. Nice face painting!

As we all know, big kids enjoy Halloween just as much as little kids. Its especially cool if the big kid also happens to be your teacher – like Mr. Milbury from Modesto, California. His class has been reading The Search for Wondla, so he thought it high-time that Rovender Kitt pay his students a visit. Dude, you wore blue tights in honor of my character. I am impressed.

The reading continued with Tony Pope of Atlanta, Georgia, who totally rocked out The Spider & Fly with a black light. What!? I had no idea the art would glow like that. That is so totally cool.

The “Best Costume” award, however, goes to seven year-old Noah from Barrie, Ontario. Noah admires Arthur Spiderwick’s commitment to the unseen world and is converting his bedroom into a study of his own!

With help from some crafty parents, Noah was able to piece together Arthur’s period attire. He made the sprite himself out of a clothespin and flowers. He even found a actual seeing stone! That is SO AWESOME!

I can’t express enough to you all how wonderful these make me feel – especially from a kid who always sported a home-made costume. Thank you for sending in these photos. I can’t wait to see who you plan on dressing as next year…

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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.