What other books have you written?

TD: All my main titles are featured in the BOOKS section of the website. Otherwise here is the short list:

Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure (2000) – A crafty boy, a homemade spaceship, 1000 Moon pies and 900 Martians. What more do you need to know?

Ted (2001) – a bored lonely boy + a workaholic father + a gigantic pink rabbit (that only the boy can see) = Mayhem. A LOT of mayhem. (seriously, I had to put a warning on the back of the book).

The Spiderwick Chronicles (launched in 2003) – Three kids find an old dusty field guide (made by their great uncle) to fairies, trolls and goblins. Guess what? It’s all real. (co-created with Holly Black)

G is for One Gzonk! (2006) – This alpha-number-bet book teaches neither the alphabet nor counting. But this homage to Dr. Seuss and Edward Lear does teach silliness.

Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles (launched in 2007) – Three new kids and three new adventures. Thankfully, they get help from three old fairy specialists. (co-created with Holly Black)

Adventure of Meno (launched in 2009) – Meno is an elf of space. He talk funny. His best friend is jellyfish and a wish-granting sprite. These are all about pure nonsense and having fun with books.

The Search for WondLa (launched in 2010) – A girl is raised by a robot on an alien planet and realizes she is the only human there.

The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight (2014) – this picture retells the story of the greatest Jedi Knight of all with artwork by Academy Award-winning concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie.

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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.