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This Geekdad’s Top 10 Creepy Kid’s Books

October 30, 2012

Wired magazine’s Geekdad blog features a list of some of my favorite spooky stories for kids. Check it out. (more…)

NEW Original Artwork Now Available

October 24, 2012

The 4 original watercolor studies dubbed “A Collection of Sprites” (that I posted about earlier this week) is now available for purchase at the R. Michelson Gallery in Northampton, Massachusetts.



October 22, 2012

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been busy these last couple of of months rendering new artwork to adorn the dustjackets of the 10-year anniversary of The Spiderwick Chronicles. Early next year, Simon & Schuster will unveil the new jackets, along with news about the re-release of the original five chapter books.


(A Rocket) Friday Fan Art

October 19, 2012

From A Hero for WondLa:

At the park entrance a beeping gondola landed, and the bubble doors opened to reveal two other teenage girls. Both looked nearly identical to Gen…

…”So,” Gen said, locking arms with the other girls. “These are my two darlings–Gen and Gen.”

“We are known as the three Gens!” they said in unison. (more…)

New Interview for Girl Scouts

October 8, 2012

I recently did a brief interview for the Girl Scouts of America with a focus on the creation of WondLa. (more…)

Gabe Invades the Blog!

October 2, 2012

Note from T: Fifteen year-old high school student and artist, Gabe, contacted me sometime back about a summer internship. And, though its crazy nuts here in DiTerlizziland, I obliged. I did this because Gabe has real drive and talent and because I longed to hang out at Brain Froud’s studio when I was Gabe’s age. Wanting to make this a special experience, my assistant and I devised an assignment for Gabe to do while visiting: describe what it is like in my studio with words and pictures (no photos). Read on to see what this little mastermind dreamed up while hanging out with us.


Another Fantastical Anniversary

September 27, 2012

Though I am dying to dive back into the writing of WondLa III, I have diverted my attention to a certain trio of siblings and their encounters with the fey-folk.


A Hero for WondLa Sketchbook

September 4, 2012

Just as was done with The Search for WondLa back in 2010, Simon & Schuster has printed a limited edition sketchbook featuring some of the designs that went into the illustrations for A Hero for WondLa. (more…)

Friday Fan Art (From One Artist to Another)

August 17, 2012

Carlos Rocafort is a freelance illustrator and designer whom I had the pleasure of meeting while on book tour this past spring. (more…)

Quite a Society

August 13, 2012

My mind is still awhirl from the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI for short) summer conference held in Los Angeles last weekend. (more…)

Comic Con Capers

July 23, 2012

Its taken over a week for Angela and I to recover from the madness of San Diego’s Comic Con International, but boy, was it worth it. (more…)

Friday Fan Art

July 20, 2012

This week we received some Wondlaful drawings inspired by the WondLa trilogy from magnificent Maine.  Neil is an aspiring writer and artist who gains much inspiration from reading books and looking at other artist’s illustrations (I definitely know what he means by that). Check out this awesome profile series Neil has created featuring some of our favorite Orbonian residents. (more…)

Comic Con 2012 Schedule

July 5, 2012

For those attending next week’s Comic Con International in lovely San Diego, California, here is my schedule of events:


Beauty & the Beast at The Book Show

July 1, 2012

In between book tours and summer barbeques, I’ve managed to squeeze in a couple of new pen & ink images of two beloved characters from La Belle et la Bête (better known as Beauty & the Beast) for an upcoming exhibit in Paris, France. (more…)

TIME for KIDS Interview

June 19, 2012

Saniya Soni and I talked at length about the WondLa trilogy at Hicklebee’s during last month’s tour. (more…)

(A Poetic) Friday Fan Art

June 15, 2012

11 year-old Abby from Clapham, England is quite a fan of The Spider & The Fly. “How big of a fan?” you ask. She’s such an awesome fan that she penned an awesome sequel. Check it out.


io9 Has Seen the Future

June 7, 2012

I can’t tell you what a thrill it is when a media blog that I adore (like the Hero Complex and Geekdad) posts about something I’ve created. Especially when the post has nice things to say.


Friday Fan Art

June 1, 2012

This week’s Friday Fan Art is from Paige, an artist whom I met on tour that found creative inspiration from the WondLa series.  (more…)

Another WONDLAful Tour!

May 26, 2012

This year marked a decade of touring for my books (the first tour being for The Spider & the Fly back in the fall of 2002). And, though the travel hasn’t become less stressful, I still love coming to a bookstore, school or library and talking books. I can’t thank you all enough for making it all worth the while. (more…)

LA Times Interview

May 11, 2012

Geoff Boucher, of the LA Times, asked me a few key questions on the challenges of writing the second book in a trilogy. See what I had to say over at the Hero Complex.

GeekDad Interview

May 11, 2012

Jonathan Liu, of Wired magazine, has posted an in-depth interview where we talk WondLa, reading, and being all around geeky dads. Take a look.

“Hero” Featured on CNN

May 7, 2012

Saturday (May 5th) I flew up to Atlanta and had the opportunity to talk all things WondLa with CNN’s Randi Kaye. (more…)

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. (more…)

Doodle for Google Finalists!

May 3, 2012

I helped choose the 50 State Winners from the nearly 114k entries to this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest. (more…)

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. (more…)

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.