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Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi

December 18, 2017

If you’ve been following me on social media for the past year, you know that in November I celebrated the opening of a retrospective exhibition at The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. To say that the experience was surreal would be an understatement. Having grown up copying Rockwell’s iconic images, it is an amazing …

For Teachers and Librarians

February 5, 2012

Since it will be available paperback come April, Simon and Schuster has created a new discussion guide for The Search for WondLa combined with Kenny and the Dragon (which was just released in paperback).

Paperback Rider

January 24, 2012

I am happy to say that my 2008 bestselling chapter book, Kenny & the Dragon is now available in paperback. If you haven’t had a chance to read the story of a bookish rabbit and his poetry-reciting, crème-brûlée-lovin, dragon then now’s your chance.

Friday Fan Art

October 7, 2011

For this week’s Friday Fan Art addition, where we have some lovely drawings by the very talented Elly from Canada.  Besides being a gifted artist, Elly has ambitions to be an aspiring young author and has been plugging away writing books.  Oh, and did I mention that this creative machine is just 8 years old?  …

Friday Fan Art

August 6, 2011

Isabella from Ohio sent in an awesome drawing inspired by Kenny & the Dragon for this week’s Friday Fan Art.  She mentioned in her letter how much she loved how Grahame (the dragon) and Kenny Rabbit became such good friends, which I think she conveyed nicely here.  Check out Grahame’s giant grin…

Download some DiTerlizzi!

July 5, 2011

I hope everyone had a fabulous Fourth of July. I took a weekend off from WondLa 2 and enjoyed some food, fireworks and finding fireflies. Also, I uploaded all sorts of DiTerlizzi-themed downloads to the site. If you read about each title under the BOOKS section, you’ll now find lots of cool FREE stuff, like …

Thank You Switzerland!

April 20, 2011

On Monday in Lucerne, Switzerland, yours truly received the Prix Chronos book award for Kenny & The Dragon. The Prix Chronos is an inter-generational book award with the ambition to encourage people to read and to bring together generations: children at the age of 10 to 12 and elderly people together read and review five …

Friday Fan Art!

March 18, 2011

Beth Hanlon, a fifth grade teacher at Tropic Isles Elementary in Fort Meyers, Florida, sent us some pics of this awesome sculpt of Grahame from Kenny and the Dragon. The sculpture was created by one of her gifted students, Ashley, and was done as a visual for her Book Share project. “…Ashley’s Dragon has inspired …

Unpublished Original Artwork for Auction

November 30, 2010

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend surrounded by family and loved ones. I enjoyed some much-needed time off from my whirlwind WondLa tour. Thanks again to all of you who came out to see me at the various events. You keep me going. I feel so fortunate that I’ve wanted to …

Friday Fan Art: A tale of two Kennys

June 14, 2009

Here are two nice Kenny Rabbit drawings from Issac and Gracie, whom you may remember from the “Design Your Dragon” contest. Its great to see some more Kenny art, he can be a tricky one to draw…but these two both did a great job!

Kenny and the Dragon Tour pics

October 18, 2008

Ah, life on the road is mostly…well…road. Airplanes, taxis, trains, you name it – most of the time you are in transit going from one event to another. But once you arrive at the store (or school) and see the expecting faces, the road weariness washes away and the adrenaline takes over. Here are some …

Friday Fan Art/Design Your Dragon! Epilogue

October 12, 2008

Yesterday Angela received a most awesome “thank you” email from Qing (aka “Mr. Cyan”) which I just had to share. You may remember Qing’s awesome entry from the “Design Your Dragon” contest held a couple of months back. And, after touring, press, etc., I was finally able to send him (and the rest of the …

KENNY Podcast now Online

October 3, 2008

From the Book Talk website: Stephen Usery talks to children’s book author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi (that’s me) about his chapter book Kenny & the Dragon. Good times, good times…

Special Event in Los Angeles Added to KENNY & THE DRAGON Tour

September 17, 2008

Storyopolis has added an event to the second leg of my Kenny and the Dragon tour in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 4th at the Geffen playhouse. This will be a morning event, part of their “Saturday Scene” program, and will feature a live band as well as yours truly. Tickets are available at Storyopolis, …

September KENNY Tour Dates added

August 15, 2008

More events for the Kenny and the Dragon tour. I was originally going to travel all the way up the west coast to Vancouver, but we just could not get all the dates in there, so I’ll be touring through California. Of course, all tour dates have been added ABOUT section of my site, so …

Kenny and the Dragon NOW AVAILABLE!

August 6, 2008

My chapter book debut as an author and illustrator, Kenny and the Dragon, is now available in stores. You can use the Booksense/Indiebound site to find a store near you, or try Amazon or Barnes & Noble. I hope you enjoy it!  

Design Your Dragon! Contest WINNERS!

August 1, 2008

Wow! All I can say to you all is WOW! Everyone really did a phenomenal job for this contest! All of us here at DiTerlizzi studio tonight were BLOWN AWAY by the menagerie of dragons that danced upon my computer screen and on the flat files and floor. We received entries from all over the …

DESIGN YOUR DRAGON Contest – Last Day!

July 31, 2008

Happy Thursday! Today is the last day that we’ll accept entries for our latest contest to “Design Your Dragon”, so if you work well under pressure, you have until midnight tonight. We have received some phenomenal entries so far – you really rocked it out this time – wow! My loverly wife Angela, my assistant …

Design Your Dragon! Contest Reminder…

July 24, 2008

We’ve received some AMAZING entires to the “Design Your Dragon” contest so far…so keep them coming! With only a week left to go, if you have not yet entered then you better get scribbling. You can enter from any part of the world, any age, and any medium. And of course, you can enter as …

Friday Fan Art!

July 18, 2008

Jesse Lopez did a take on my rabbit wizard which was part of the inspiration involved with Kenny and the Dragon. Nice mood in the cave piece Jesse!

Friday Fan Art- DESIGN YOUR DRAGON Contest

July 8, 2008

Time for another contest! I am terribly excited to share with you all my upcoming chapter book, Kenny and the Dragon. Though it is not due in stores until August 5th, I will be giving away three signed (first edition) copies here on the site…each, with a very special drawing in them. All you have …

Box full of dreams

June 29, 2008

Anyone remember the scene at the end of Back to the Future when Marty McFly’s dad, George, becomes a famous sci-fi writer and opens the box full of his latest novels? That is totally what it is like when you get your complimentary books from the publisher (without the Delorean). My editor, Kevin, is totally …

We Don’t Make Fuzzy-Bunny Books (the end)

May 18, 2008

With the final art and text in production for Kenny and the Dragon, I focused on helping the marketing team at Simon and Schuster come up with some nice visuals to help create awareness for the new title. Though it is extra work on my end, I like having unique images to sell a book …

We Don’t Make Fuzzy-Bunny Books (part 5)

May 10, 2008

TO INK OR NOT TO INK? Because Kenny and the Dragon is aimed for the same age reader as Spiderwick, I wanted to make a conscious effort to give it its own identity. To that end, my editor suggested illustrating the book in halftone pencil drawings versus the ink drawings that I’ve done for the …

We Don’t Make Fuzzy-Bunny Books (part 4)

May 1, 2008

With my cast of animal characters starting to take real shape (and personality) I began building the world that they all lived in. Kenny resides in a little town called Roundbrook. It is a farming community, and was inspired by our life here in Amherst, Massachusetts. Amherst is a college town, but it is surrounded …

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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.