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“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.

I’m excited to share with you my latest effort in words and pictures. In fact, there will be over 50 illustrations detailing Eva’s adventures with her friend, Rovender Kitt, as well as showcasing new human (and alien) characters.

Just as was done with the first book, I’ve created a companion limited edition sketchbook that will be available for FREE at signings on my May book tour and at other events throughout the year. I’ll post details about that as soon as I receive them.

I can also tell you that Teri Hatcher has returned as the narrator for the audiobook version of Hero. As I had mentioned back in 2010, I am delighted to have Teri on board for the WondLa trilogy.

…and Teri said (back in 2010), “As a mom and huge fan of the author, I was honored to lend my voice to bring this magnificent story to life. It’s an exciting adventure for any child to hear, with heartfelt lessons about love and relationships, friends, trust and courage.  The Muthr/daughter one is especially beautiful. Tony has created powerful and colorful characters, you can’t help but love or love to hate. It was a pleasure to be a part of this audiobook production.”

How awesome is she?

What about the Augmented Reality feature, you ask. Will there be more? You bet! Along with the team at Simon & Schuster, I’ve been working closely with the folks at Total Immersion to create a new interactive flying experience for those who want to explore the book world one step further…but more on that next time…

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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.