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Friday Fan Art (from France)

October 28, 2011

I often forget that my books are translated and available in many other languages and in many other countries around the world. I think this is mostly due to the fact that I am so deep in DiTerlizziland exploring my created worlds like planet Orbona, Roundbrook, or the Spiderwick Estate. But I do get reminders (like last month’s UK tour) and in the form of wonderful letters that arrive in my mailbox from fans who live very far away.

Thirteen year-old Isaac, from Saint André, France, sent me some fantastic drawings including printouts from his very own field guide that he crafted. Check it out:

…looks like he encountered a changeling…

…and even the mythological guivre, indigenous to France. These aquatic drakes are similar to wyverns.

Great work, Isaac! I can’t wait to hear what you think of The Search for WondLa. The french edition will be released very soon by Pocket Jeunesse (who translated the Spiderwick series as well as Kenny & the Dragon), so keep on the lookout for it.

Keep drawing, keep dreaming!


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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.