Tony DiTerlizzi: Author Visit

Acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi visited Bank Street College School for Children on May 19, 2010.  He is the co-creator of the much loved “Spiderwick Chronicles,” (Call# J F D) with Holly Black. He came to talk about his latest book “The Search for Wondla,” which will be released September 21, 2010.

DiTerlizzi also spoke about his background as an illustrator. When he was sixteen he was given a high school assignment to illustrate an existing piece of children’s literature; and to visually interpret the characters as he saw them.  He chose “Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland,” (Call# J F C 2009) by Lewis Carroll.  From that project, he came to the realization that he wanted to create books for children. During his presentation he showed slides of early children book illustrators who inspired his artwork for his current project. He also demonstrated how his artwork progressed from just a sketch to a finished project with samples.

One of the questions the children asked Tony was, “Are your characters based on anyone in particular?” He revealed that most of them are derived from pieces of his personality. Another question was, “Will this book be turned into a movie like Spiderwick Chronicles?” He then asked the audience if it should.  The kids replied with an exuberant, “YES!” in which he replied “Maybe… But movies sometimes twist the plot. So, don’t expect the book and the movie to be the same.”

Special thanks to Audrey (Technical Services Assistant) for the review.

I am a reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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