WondLa Sketchbook

WondLa Sketchbook

Volumes One, Two, and Three

The world of WondLa has existed inside my head for over a decade now. It started out as sketches of scenes depicting a young girl who was raised by a robot and befriended by aliens. All of them lived in harmony on an alien planet called Orbona.

As the sketches evolved over the years, so too did the story. In time, these two aspects of the book began to intertwine and fuel one another to create the final illustrated novel. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my process and that this sample gives you a sense of the love and passion I put into creating each and every one of my stories for children.

Published: 2010, 2012, 2014
Format: Softcover, 32 pages
Author: Tony DiTerlizzi
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Books in this series

Volume 1 Volume 2 Volume 3

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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.