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I grew up in Mineola, Long Island, New York. My twin sister and I are the youngest of five children. I liked to draw and paint since I was a young boy. My mother made a smock for me when I started school which I still have. It has hens and roosters on it and paint all down the front. Throughout grade school my teachers encouraged me to draw. I won first prize in the school art contest in 8th grade for a drawing of the Washington Monument. My favorite books were The Magic Fish and The Rich Fool which I still have. The stories are simple yet convey powerful messages. I admire this kind of storytelling. During my high school years I took oil painting lessons with Florence McCarthy, a local artist. I enjoyed those classes very much.
I attended Parsons School of Design in New York City (1982–1986). I majored in Illustration. My most influential teachers were M. B. Goffstein, Reynold Ruffins, and Laurie Rosenwald. Their enthusiasm to create and experiment was very inspiring. In my junior year I took a children’s book class taught by M. B. (Brooke) Goffstein, a notable artist and Caldecott Honor Book Winner. The class assignment was to write and illustrate a picture book. My class project, Frederick Ferdinand Fox, was published in 1987 by Crown Publishers. My first editor was David Allendar.
My first job out of college was at Crown Publishers. I was hired to do the mechanical layouts for my second book, The Curse of Claudia. That assignment lead to a full time job doing paste-up and mechanicals. I learned the ins and outs of typography and bookmaking from my boss, John Grandits. I then took a junior designer’s position at Scholastic. I was there only a short time when I was hired by Random House as a designer. Soon after joining Random House, they acquired Crown Publishers and I was relocated to the Crown Building where I once worked. I even got my old cubicle back...true coincidence. I remained at Random House for seven years, working my way up to associate art director. I worked under three very talented art directors, first Cathy Goldsmith, then Denise Cronin, and finally Isabel Warren-Lynch. I left Random House in 1996 to devote more time to writing and illustration. For the last ten years my editor at Holiday House, Mary Cash, has nurtured my career by teaming me up with talented writers and suggesting interesting topics for me to write about.
Inspiration can come from all over. But, I particularly like collage artists such as Romare Bearden and Ezra Jack Keats. I also like Paul Rand, Abner Graboff, and the cartoon artists of the 1960s who created classic characters such as Tennessee Tuxedo, King Leonardo, and Dudley Do Right. I love the simplicity of the shapes, the flat bright colors, and the clever humor.
From Head to Toe: Best Children's book of The Year Bank Street College of Education.
The Monster Health Book: Best Children's book of The Year Bank Street College of Education.
What Happens to a Hamburger: Oppenheim Gold Award; Featured on NY1 Parenting Report
The Sun: Best Children's book of The Year Bank Street College of Education.
Dig A Tunnel: Society of School Librarians International Honor Book
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