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number ninety-two

March 26th, 2011

Borders
It was a nice surprise today to learn that the Little Golden Book that I illustrated, I’m a T-Rex!, was one of the 100 best-selling children’s books of 2010. 100,590 copies isn’t bad, I suppose.

seeing things

September 7th, 2010

I got an email from my friend Julie, who was at the National Building Museum in Washington DC over the weekend. She found one of the puzzles I’ve made for Mudpuppy in the museum store and had her kid Owen pose with it for me. Owen looks excited!


Yesterday I was The Mall with my daughter and a friend of hers where we found I’m a T-Rex stuck in a huge shelf of Golden Books. This was kinda cool to find it there with The Poky Little Puppy and the other classics.

I’m a T.Rex Golden Book

May 15th, 2010

Little Golden Books
Well it’s out, and now I can safely say that when I retire as an illustrator and spend my days on the golf links in Boca Raton, I will have illustrated a Little Golden Book. I’ve loved Little Golden Books ever since I can remember. My grandmother’s house had a stack of them that belonged to my aunts and uncles back in the 50’s and 60’s, and I liked the goofy stories and wonderful illustrations. At the time, I knew nothing of the legacy of these illustrators like Richard Scarry, Tibor Gergely, Leonard Weisgard, and Alice and Martin Provensen. As I grew up and went to college and became a designer, I forgot about much of the Golden Books.

It was only much later, while I was working on a poster for The Kids in the Hall in 2002, that I rediscovered these works. Mary Blair’s I Can Fly, Garth Williams’ Mister Dog, the Provenson’s Color Kittens, and especially Scarry’s Rabbit & His Friends were the inspiration for this poster.

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Last year I discovered a book called Golden Legacy by Leonard Marcus. It’s a history of Little Golden Books, and I was about halfway through it when I got a call from out of the blue, that the editors of Little Golden Books would like me to illustrate a new book called I’m a T.Rex, written by Dennis Shealy. Needless to say I fell over and was stunned.

I love drawing dinosaurs but I hadn’t had a chance to draw dinosaurs for a book before. Sketches commenced. The T. Rex had to be fierce and angry but I wanted him to be kinda cute and funny as well.

I'm a T.Rex! cover sketch

The work went smoothly and just this last week, on May 11, it was officially “published” and released into stores. I got my copy on Thursday. And like I wrote, I’m pretty happy to be able to be part of the “story” of Golden Books now. I sure won’t put my book up there in the same echelon as the Scarry, Gergely, and Prevensen books. But at least it’s now sitting on the same shelf…

I'm a T. Rex!
My Little Golden Book: I'm a T. Rex!
My Little Golden Book: I'm a T. Rex!

I’m a T. Rex! sketches

May 26th, 2009

Back in February I was in the middle of reading Leonard Marcus’ book Golden Legacy, How Golden Books Won Children’s Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became An American Icon Along the Way when I was asked to actually illustrate a Golden Book. I jumped at the chance. This one is to be called I’m a T. Rex and it’s written by Dennis Shealy. The book is about a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex and everybody knows that I like to draw baby Tyrannosaurus Rexeses. I was giddy when I read in the contract, surrounded by all kinds of goofy legal language, this:

“The Work shall be about a cute baby dinosaur who talks about himself and his Cretaceous life.”

The sketches were completed a couple of weeks ago and I’ll be starting on the final art soon, working on it over the summer. Here is the sketch for the cover and a couple of the interior illustrations. Stay tuned for more.

I'm a T.Rex! cover sketch

sketch for "I'm a T-Rex!"

sketch for "I'm a T-Rex!"