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Wired Loves HERO!

May 4, 2012

Jonathan Liu’s (Wired magazine) stellar review of The Search for WondLa a couple of years back, made me one happy geek. Especially because it was posted on Wired’s Geekdad blog, which is like a big kid’s blog custom-made with everything I adore in this world.

Sneak a Peek at HERO

May 2, 2012

With less than a week remaining until the release of A Hero for WondLa, I thought you may like to see a sample of the 50+ illustrations I rendered for the book.

Paperback WondLa

April 25, 2012

This week, The Search for WondLa was released in paperback. Its now at an affordable softcover price, and yet, still retains the plethora of 2-colored interior art – yay!

“Wonders of the Future” Winners!

April 24, 2012

My latest contest seemed simple enough, but in fact, it was a rigorous exercise in imagination: show me your vision of the future.

The Spring 2012 HERO Tour

April 3, 2012

Finally! I have details of my May HERO FOR WONDLA book tour that I can share. I hope to see you there!

“Wonders of the Future” WondLa Giveaway!

March 23, 2012

As many of you know, the second installment of The Search for WondLa trilogy is about to hit shelves in May, but here is your chance to read the book and see the art before everybody else – announcing the “Wonders of the Future” Wondla Giveaway Contest!

“Hero” in Stores May 8th!

March 12, 2012

Mark your calendars, Orbonians, in just a couple of months, the sequel to The Search for WondLa will be released in bookstores everywhere.

Jean Giraud, “Moebius”

March 10, 2012

It is a sad day in DiTerlizziland as I mourn an artistic visionary, Jean Giraud (known as “Moebius”) who lost his battle with cancer this morning at age 73.

Fantastic WondLa Review

February 24, 2012

On this fantastic February Friday we are featuring a video book review from the very talented Sarah Laties.  Sarah is the Special Projects Assistant at the Children’s Book Council (known as the CBC).

A WondLaful Friday Fan Art

February 11, 2012

I have always been so touched and impressed by the fan art I have received over the years. For this week the same holds true.  All these images were inspired by The Search for WondLa.  These young talented fans did a fabulous job creating their own versions of some of my favorite characters and scenes. …

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).

One Year, One Book

December 30, 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, I am reflecting on what an eventful year this has been. Though I split my work between Florida and Massachusetts, I still managed to travel quite a bit and experience some unforgettable moments. Here are some favs:

Twelve Days of Christmas (WondLa Style)

December 20, 2011

Nine year-old Kai from New Orleans, Louisiana sent over one of the best gifts ever – A WondLa-themed The Twelve Days of Christmas. Check it out:

What to Draw?

December 12, 2011

I am happy to tell you that all sketches for the interior art for Hero for WondLa are complete and I am now inking them like a madman. The art production will take me into the end of January after which the book will be ready to send off to the printer…and just in time …

(A Gamerrific) Friday Fan Art

December 10, 2011

I have always been a fan of classic board games, so when I came across this Friday’s Fan Art I knew I had found a gem.  Take a look at 9 year-old Liam’s beautiful rendition of The Search for WondLa BOARD GAME!!!  He went above and beyond by choosing an original project idea for his …

More of HERO at Hero…

November 22, 2011

The generous Geoff Boucher has interviewed yours truly about the upcoming sequel to The Search for WondLa at the LA Times’ Hero Complex. The article also has several sketches and studies for the final cover. Take a looky!

A Hero for WondLa Revealed

November 16, 2011

Entertainment Weekly has revealed the cover to the sequel for The Search for WondLa, due out in stores next May. Let me know what you think about it.

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?  …

You Were Great, Britain!

September 28, 2011

This year marked my third tour through the United Kingdom. I had originally toured through the UK back in 2004 with Holly Black to launch The Spiderwick Chronicles, and then again in 2008 in support of the release of the film. So this tour was a bit different. Sure, Spiderwick and Search for WondLa were …

The UK WondLAful tour

August 12, 2011

Thanks to all my awesome fans overseas, I will be traveling to the United Kingdom this September for another WondLAful tour!  This time I’ll be promoting The Search for WondLa and The Spiderwick Chronicles.  We have planned a couple of surprise guests at some of the venues (including Chris Riddell!), so tune in for more …

Realizing Rovender Kitt (conclusion)

August 11, 2011

Let me start off by saying the obvious: I am a Star Wars nut. I was seven years-old when I was first whisked off to a galaxy far, far away. I’ve collected the toys, the ephemera, met the actors…heck, I’ve even reported on Star Wars. Like many of us, George Lucas’ vision had a tremendous …

Upcoming Events

August 3, 2011

I’ve been looking over the “WondLa UK Autumn Tour” itinerary for September and will be posting dates here very soon. In fact, there will be some special guests joining me at some of the venues, so stay tuned.

Realizing Rovender Kitt (Part 2)

August 1, 2011

(In case you missed it, here’s a quick link to Part 1) Back in August of 2003, as I began work for the fourth Spiderwick book, I started thinking about re-illustrating a classic text after the Spiderwick series was complete. I spoke with my editor at the time, Kevin, and he thought it a good …

Friday Fan Art

July 29, 2011

This week we received some wonderful drawings from Allie who lives near us in Massachusetts.  Allie is a fan of The Spiderwick Chronicles as well as The Search for WondLa. In fact, she tells us that she looks just like Eva Nine!!!  What do you think?

New Interview with Tony & Ang

July 21, 2011

A couple months back, at the International Reader’s Association (IRA) conference, Angela and I were interviewed about the creation of our Adventure of Meno series, The Search for WondLa and Ang’s solo as a picture book author, Say What?

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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.