About 175 lbs.
I’m very carnivorous. I like steak and cheeseburgers. And dark chocolate!
Fly fishing, guitar, softball, hiking, biking and pinball. I also like to read!
Fergus, the dog in Good Boy, Fergus!, really is my dog. He’s a West Highland terrier and he’s 18 years old (that’s 126 in dog years). He’s somewhere in all my books – can you find him?
I have a daughter named Emma.
I never know where an idea will come from, so I write them all down in a special notebook. I even write down the ideas I think are dumb – sometimes they turn out to be the best ones!
I like them all for different reasons – Alice the Fairy is based on my daughter, Good boy, Fergus! is about my dog, and I like Jangles because it’s about fishing. But probably No, David! is my favorite because it reminds me of being a kid!
Sort of— David is based on me, but he’s not exactly me. I got the idea for No, David! from a book I made when I was little. I drew a bunch of pictures of me doing stuff I wasn’t supposed to do. The only words in the whole book were “No” and “David” because those were the only words I new how to spell! My mom saved it and showed it to me many years later. I thought it might be a good children’s book, so I added some more words and drew new pictures. That’s the No, David! you’ve seen.
I did some of the things David does, but not all of them. I’m not telling which ones I did.
Like I said, I didn’t do all the things David does. Some of them were things my brother did or my friends did. As for running outside naked, that was something my nephew did – and he lived in Alaska! Brrr…. Now he lives in Florida
I like both – they’re very different problems and solutions. Have you ever heard the saying, “A picture’s worth a thousand words”? Well, sometimes a word is worth a thousand pictures. Try drawing what something smells like – it’s really hard. But if I tell you something smells like an old shoe in a bowl of spoiled milk, you have a pretty good idea!
I probably like illustrating my own stories better because I can keep changing the words while I draw the pictures. But the cool thing about illustrating someone else’s story is it takes me to places I wouldn’t go by myself.
It takes about a year. First I have to figure out what’s going to be on each page. I start by drawing lots of very scribbly “thumbnail” sketches. They’re called that because they’re about as big as a thumbnail. Sometimes I do hundreds of them!
Then I start making full-size pencil drawings of each picture. I make lots of mistakes, and I change lots of things, and I erase a lot. Sometimes I get really frustrated and I crumple up my drawing and throw it away!
When I’ve got the drawings just the way I want them, then I make full-color paintings of them. But I still change things as I paint. Sometimes I get a completely new idea so I start over!
When all the paintings are done I spread them out on the floor and look at all of them together. It feels really good to see the whole book finished!