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Everything kinda crashes, too

March 17th, 2012

Working on the back cover for Everything Goes: In the Air yesterday. Decided to turn on all the layers in the Photoshop file at once before arranging the aircraft. Happy accident!

crash

Seven Impossible Things

January 31st, 2012

Seven Impossible Things screenshot

Jules Danielson wrote last fall demanding asking that I allow her to write up Everything Goes on her terrific blog called Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (it’s an Alice in Wonderland reference). Since I believe Seven Impossible Things is about the best book blog out there, I said “duh of course.” (When I told Sacha, the fiancée about it, she said something like “Oh my God! Are you kidding me?! I love that blog!”)
It took me too long to send Jules the images and words about the book that she needed, as I’ve been a bit snowed under first from the holidays and then (as always) from working on the second Everything Goes book, which is, of course, late. But last week, appropriately over breakfast, I went through and collected a lot of sketches, thumbnails, and other images from the early stages of the book and sent them along. I’ve been hoping to put them on my own site somewhere, and may still do so, but I figured that Seven Impossible Things would be a really good place for them to live as well.
So pour another cup of coffee, chew your cornflakes, and go forth to the write-up.

one of one hundred

January 6th, 2012

Betsy Bird posted her list of her favorite children’s books of 2011. She’s got a really nice list of 100 books, which includes terrific work by the likes of Lane Smith, Jon Klassen, Kevin Henkes, Patrick McDonell, Chris Rylander, and Shel Silverstein. Imagine my surprise when I clicked the link to the page and saw my book staring back at me. I’m pleased. Pleased I say.

“in the air” takes shape

December 9th, 2011

I’ve been cranking out illustrations for the second book in the Everything Goes series for the past many weeks, and will be doing so for the next many as well. Here are some edits from two spreads in the book. Two helicopters, and one showing part of a cutaway of an airliner. Stay tuned for more.
The book will be out next September.

marta writes (about everything goes)

November 16th, 2011

Marta Dansie is a writer in Salt Lake City who keeps a blog called Marta Writes. I often like the stuff that Marta writes about, and today that trend continues, as she wrote about Everything Goes. There’s a swell review of the book, some lovely photos of her son Benji finding the good stuff, and a little tiny interview with me.

some reviews

October 25th, 2011

A small slew of reviews showed up today for Everything Goes, and I thought I’d share them with you. The reason for this is threefold. If you’ve read the book and you like it, then you can nod your head and know that you were cool back when. If you’ve not seen it yet, you can safely go get it now that you know it’s liked by the establishment. And if you read it but didn’t like it, you can see here clearly how wrong you are. So there.

School Library Journal
As they travel from their suburban home through busy city streets to pick up Mom at the train station, Henry and his dad observe bikes, cars and vans, motorcycles, RVs, service vehicles, and finally trains. This oversize book’s double-page cartoons bustle with visual pep. Following the busy street scenes, Dad explains a type of vehicle in depth. Henry learns basically how a motor works and what amenities an RV offers. There’s a continuing game for readers to find a bird wearing a hat. Fun and learning are ideally balanced in this engaging trek that will be revisited umpteen times before every tidbit of labeling, conversation, and oddity is discovered in this wealth of urban wheels.–Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

Booklist
With pages crammed full of enough bumper-to-bumper street scenes to make even the most traffic- hardened commuter claustrophobic, this cheerful picture book takes a boy and his father on a crosstown trek to pick up Mom. The boy gapes out the window at all the different sorts of cars, trucks, buses, RVs, bikes, motorcycles, trams, and trains crowding the streets of a bustling city, asking Dad all about what goes into getting around. The street scenes alternate with close-ups that provide cartoony schematics that label different parts of each class of vehicle, and Dad pleasantly explains how things like car batteries and subway systems work. The bubblelike cars and Weeble-shaped people that populate Biggs’ Scarry-like compositions lend the book a kind of retro timelessness. It is busy as all get-out, but kids will be rewarded for lingering over the pages with oodles of minijokes and side stories, and they will learn enough about what is on the other side of the car window to jabber away through even the longest car rides.
— Ian Chipman

And my favorite one:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
First, the short description of the opening title in Biggs’ new Everything Goes series: a little boy and his dad leave their quiet suburban home and step into their sedan for a trip into the city.
Creeping through the insanely congested streets, the father and son converse about the types of vehicles; they pick Mom up at the train station and drive home. Now, what the fun is all about: Biggs cleverly directs the zany cartoon traffic so that each spread features a particular type of vehicle—e.g., truck, motorcycle, train, RV—in an eye-boggling array of iterations. Several models get a double-page spread cutaway-diagram treatment, with important parts (brake lever, gas tank, exhaust pipe) and goofy extras (nice socks, Miss Kitty) duly labeled. Numbers from one to one hundred are hidden within the deliciously jammed compositions; also a multitude of birds sporting hats are hidden, Waldo-style, in plain view. If this level of intricacy in the artwork isn’t sufficient, viewers can try to correlate ads with businesses throughout the book or carefully inspect motorists and pedestrians for visual gags: the panicky White Rabbit rushing for the subway, the health-food vendor with no business, the tentacled alien on the trolley. Still not enough? How about a double foldout of about a half-mile of cityscape? Once you embark on this wild interactive journey, don’t expect to get home for quite a while.
– EB

A nice shout out on Drawn.ca

October 19th, 2011


John Martz, who is an illustrator of great repute and heavy on the talent, wrote up a nice bit about Everything Goes on the illustration blog Drawn.ca. Check it out.

Everything Goes in Doylestown

October 14th, 2011

Tomorrow, Saturday October 15, I’ll be reading and signing Everything Goes: On Land at the Doylestown Bookshop in Doylestown, PA. The fun starts at 10:30am and will last until noon. Doylestown is a great little town with plenty to do once noon comes along and I leave the building. Just before I moved to Philadelphia from San Francisco in 1999, I visited the Mercer Museum and just fell over myself to go again.
There’s also the Michener Art Museum, and Mercer’s other landmarks, the Moravian Tile Works and Fonthill.
So the point is, get on up to Bucks County and say hi.
Google Map: Doylestown Bookshop, 16 South Main St., Doylestown PA.

in the News

September 23rd, 2011

If you get a chance to check out today’s Philadelphia Daily News, please turn to page 40. I strongly encourage you to not look at page 41. Just stay on page 40. Lauren McCutcheon wrote a nice piece about the book and the signing/publication party we’re having tomorrow at Children’s Book World in Haverford.
Sacha took a great picture of the paper, so here’s that, in case you can’t get your own…

Everything Goes in the Daily News

it’s a publication party!

September 21st, 2011

Book!

So the book is out, and now we’re having a party. Children’s Book World down in Haverford PA is hosting a publication hoo-hah shindig jamboree on this Saturday September 24, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Celebrities will not be there, nor will clowns. However, I will be there and I will have a handy pen in which I can sign my name to the copy of Everything Goes that you gleefully purchase.
Bring your kids, if you have them, and bring your friends if you have them too.

Here’s the info for the shop:

Children’s Book World
17 Station Road, Haverford, PA
610.642.6274