The Wild Robot will escape…this Spring!

I was blown away by the amazing response to my first novel, The Wild Robot. Thank you to everyone who read and shared it! I’ve been hard at work on the sequel, The Wild Robot Escapes, and I cannot wait for you all to find out what happens to Roz after she leaves the island. What I love most about writing children’s novels is how it forces me to focus on what’s truly important to the story. I don’t want to bore young readers with… Read more…


The Wild Robot lives!

So, I wrote my first children’s novel. It wasn’t a graceful process, but I survived the stress and the solitude and the crippling self-doubt, and now my novel is about to enter the world. It’s called The Wild Robot. If you have a few minutes I’d like to tell you about it. Back in 2008, while working on a picture book called The Curious Garden, I spent a lot of time making sketches like this- I loved imagining scenes of nature living in surprising places…. Read more…


My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)

I really love teachers. My mom and aunt and grandmother were teachers. Many of my friends are teachers. And I’ve had dozens of truly remarkable teachers throughout my life. So it might seem strange that I’d celebrate teachers with a children’s book about a monster teacher. But that’s what I did. Let me explain. One of the best things that ever happened to me was a surprising act of kindness, from a primary school teacher who I thought was a monster. I was a sensitive… Read more…


Amazon Is Destroying My Favorite Things!

I love everything about books. I love reading them. I love writing them. I love the look and smell and sound and feel of books. I might even love the taste, let me check…yeah, I love the taste of books, too. I also love the culture of books. I love places filled with books. I love talking about books. I love the power of books. And I really love people who love books, which is why I love booksellers. Booksellers are curious and intelligent and… Read more…


Mr. Tiger Gets Styled

If you’re familiar with my children’s books you’ve probably noticed that my art style changes from book to book. There are a couple of reasons for this: 1) I get bored, and so I try new things to keep it interesting. 2) I let my illustrations to do most of my storytelling. But I think certain art styles are better suited to tell certain kinds of stories. So I change my art style to better tell each particular story. With that said I want to… Read more…


My Trip to Vietnam!

My second favorite activity, after making children’s books, is traveling. So I was ecstatic when the United Nations International School (UNIS) in Hanoi, Vietnam, invited me to spend a week at their school as a visiting author/illustrator. But if I was going to fly all the way to Vietnam I wanted to see as much as I possibly could. So I began planning a two-week trip, where I could explore the Vietnamese culture and countryside, as well as visit the UNIS school in Hanoi. After… Read more…


An Unexpected Phone Call

So I was sitting in my living room this morning, reading some book about Lateral Thinking and sipping my coffee, when my phone rang. The screen on my iPhone told me the call was coming from Seattle, and I remembered that I have dinner plans later this week with Seattle friends who’ll be in town. But then I realized that, in Seattle, it was 6:30am, which would have been a really weird time for my friends to call me. I was confused. I answered the… Read more…


Why I’ve Been Bad About Blogging

You probably haven’t noticed that I’m really bad about blogging, because there hasn’t been anything to notice. My excuse for not blogging recently is that I’ve been chin-deep writing and illustrating my newest picture book, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild…which I just finished. HALLELUJAH!!! I was very late with the art for Mr. Tiger, which is a bad habit I’ve gotten into over the last few years. The reason I’ve been late is that I’ve been experimenting with the art style of each of my last… Read more…


Creepy CANADIAN Carrots?!

I’ve received some amazingly CREEPY carrot art from kid’s all over the USA . . . and now I’ve received some truly inspired photos from OUTSIDE the USA! Madame Gubbel’s third grade class, in Winnipeg, Canada, has completely WOWED me with their beautifully creepy series of photographs.


Color Proofs Arrived at my Cave Today!

I’ve spent most of the last few months in my “art cave.” I’m working on the final artwork for my next children’s book, and as usual, I’m behind schedule, which means I don’t do much besides eat, sleep and work. It’s not ideal, but it seems to be what happens with every one of  my books. Sheesh. In an effort to move things along, my very patient art director (Patti Ann Harris at Little, Brown and Co.) asked for a few of the finished pieces… Read more…



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