Archive for the ‘childrens books’ Category



Monday, August 4th, 2014

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Is Cartoon-tastic a word? It is now. The internet says so.

BookPage reviewed Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor today, and they published a “Behind the Book” feature where Jon and I discuss our favorite scenes from the book. We look handsome in our photos.

Here’s the link to the review.

And here’s the “Behind the Book” feature.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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A few weeks ago I was in New York for a few days doing Frank Einstein business. Two days were spent signing 12,000 copies of the Frank Einstein book. One day was spent reading the voices of Klink and Klank, the robot characters in Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor. Jon Scieszka, the book’s author, read the rest of the narration and dialog. After I read the voices at a recording studio in my regular old voice, I was given the resulting audio files and went to work with some of my audio gear to roboticize the lines. This was quite a process, and I’ve been anxious and excited to hear the actual results ever since.
This morning I noticed that the audio book was up for sale on Amazon, so I checked the Listening Library’s website to see if it was up there and voila there it was. Here’s the link to the Listening Library page, and below is the audio file.

Before going into the recording studio, I did some test-runs to give the various producers and author a sense of what I was thinking about for the voices. I ended up doing something completely different, as none of these were quite a legible as they needed to be.

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The mail-bot at the postal office done good today. One of the best days is the day where a real live copy of the book you’ve been going crazy working on (a year or six months ago) finally appears, and it’s bound and real and has a bar code and an ISBN and the ink smells funny and the colors look correct and they spelled your name right. That’s what this is all about.*

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* Actually, hilarious notes and messages from readers are really what this is all about, but still…

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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Frank Einstein is coming out in a month and it’s really starting to generate some press and attention. Middle Shelf is a digital magazine about kids’ books, and in the current issue they feature the illustrator of Frank Einstein on page 28. Enjoy.

Go there here.

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

I’m working on a LOT of stuff right now. Illustrating the second Frank Einstein book, drawing a picture book that I can write more about this fall, working on another Little Golden Book, illustrating the eighth Ellray Jakes book, as well as preliminary work on several books that I’m writing. There’s not much to post about any of this, yet, but I like teaser images. So here are some details from one of the covers of one my own books that I’m hoping to begin writing and drawing early next year. Got all that?

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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Today is publication day of Dog Days of School. This book was written by Kelly DiPucchio and edited by Rotem Moscovich at Disney/Hyperion. Actually, she was the third editor on the book, as I signed on to do this thing way way back in, what, 2007 or 2008 or something like that. Everything Goes came along and took days off the calendar, and then The Boy Who Cried Alien had to get done, and finally last year after completing the third and final Everything Goes book, I took a few months and got this thing done.

And done it is. I love this book. I mean, okay, the illustrations are whatever. I like ’em and I hope you do too. But the book makes me laugh. When I read the script I knew that this was going to be a fun project. Freak Friday, but with a boy and a dog.

Here are some illustrations and sketches from the book. Please enjoy thanks.

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A bunch of thumbnail sketches here. This is the form sketches come in when I first make them, and scan them. It’s the hardest but most important part of the whole process, for me.

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Friday, April 11th, 2014

The Children’s Book Council asked me to make a video for their Children’s Book Week 2014. They asked author/illustrator Amy Ignatow as well, and she and I had the bright idea to collaborate. We filmed the thing on a crummy-weather Saturday back in February, and today it’s released to the anxious masses.

Surprise cameo and good music as well.

You can see more Children’s Book Week Champion videos here.

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Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Dog Days of School

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In 2007, I signed on to illustrate two books for Hyperion. One was The Boy Who Cried Alien, by Marilyn Singer, and the other was called Dog Days of School, by Kelly DiPucchio. At the time, I was just getting my legs as a book illustrator and was excited to get these two projects while I start the process of learning to write my own books.

Little did I know that the seed of Everything Goes was planted a few months later, which subsequently took over my life for five years. This and other delays caused Alien and Dog Days to get pushed back a few years (!). Well, The Boy who Cried Alien came out in 2012, and Dog Days is finally coming out this June. I drew this book immediately after finishing Everything Goes and it was a dream to work on these big flat comparatively simply-composed illustrations. I only used six or seven colors for the entire book, and tried a few techniques with the art that I wasn’t able to do in Everything Goes.

I received a prepublication copy of the book yesterday and my lordy it looks beautiful. I mean, okay, the drawings are alright. But Hyperion knocked the production and design out of the park on this thing. Rotem Moscovich edited and Tyler Nevins did the design and I can’t think them enough. Of course, I can’t think Kelly enough for writing it either, and being incredibly patient as her story sat on my shelf for nearly seven years.

Look for more on this book in the next few months, including cover sketches and how it got made. Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

A certain book being written by a certain writer that is being illustrated by me is scheduled to be published in September, and things are running behind, and it’s all crazy and I’m under an incredibly tight and difficult deadline.
So here’s a couple of teasers from the cover art. More on this soon, I think.

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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Hey how ya doin? It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Here are some interesting things I found today in “The Modern Home Physician, Illustrated” c.1942, which is a book I bought at a flea market years ago. I’m working on an illustration of robots and this stuff comes in handy. Sometime in the next couple of months I can post the how and why. (If you’ve been here a while, you might actually figure part of it out if you’re super-observant. If you do, drop me an email and you’ll get a prize.)

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Also, if it interests you, I jumped on the late train and started doing that Instagram thing. If you’re already there, which you probably are, follow me http://instagram.com/brianbiggs