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I’m going to Outer Space

By Timothy Young

This book is a visual delight. It is like a Where’s Waldo of robots and aliens. I was so excited to see the page of robots and recognize so many. Proud geek!

The boy in this book talks about what he wants to do in space and who he wants to me. It is what every kid would want to do and Timothy makes sure there is diversity in his aliens and robots. They are all different but they are getting along.

This is a fun book people should have. It talks about trying new things and meeting new people. It isn’t scary. It is fun. It is really cool.

When you get this book, let me know your favorite hidden image.

Mine are Mystery Science Theatre, Star Wars, Wall-E and aw, gee I just love it all. I would love to have the robot page for my wall!

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Creatures and Characters

By Timothy Young

This isn’t a picture book. It is a book about drawing. It is basically an illustrator interview without the illustrator. Timothy Young shows the different ways you can make characters. He even shows how you can make multiple characters from the same scribble.

It is an interesting book for someone like me who would like to be an illustrator. The pages where he shows how he changes coloring is really cool.

This book would be great for an aspiring illustrator or a curious kid. Now i am off to scribble.

Posted in Illustrators, Meet the authors

Author/Illustrator: Timothy Young

I reviewed Timothy Young’s The Angry Little Puffin a few weeks ago. I even recommended it to Guy Raz and his family! Now, Timothy answers my questions about being an author and an illustrator.

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Website/social media: www.creaturesandcharacters.com

Tell me a little about yourself: Before I started writing and illustrating books, I had a long, fun career doing all kinds of cool stuff. I’ve been a toy designer and sculptor, I’ve worked in animation on shows like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Doug and I even got to work for one of my heroes, Jim Henson! Now I get to visit schools where I read my books, draw pictures with, and talk about all that cool stuff to students all over the country.

How long have you been writing & illustrating books?  I started writing about 10 years ago. My first book, I’m Looking For A Monster!, was published in 2008. My newest book, Do Not Open The Box! came out this year.

How did you become a book author/illustrator? I’ve been thinking about creating children’s books for a long time. I’ve been illustrating things for a long time, since I was in college as an illustration major. I had ideas for books but I didn’t think I could write them. I had a writing assignment for a job, writing limericks for a line of toys. It made me realize I might be a writer so I started writing my stories.

When you were my age, did you read a lot? What was your favorite book? I did read a lot as a kid. I loved picture books, chapter books and science fiction. My favorite picture book was The Ice-Cream Cone Coot by Arnold Lobel.

How do you come up with your story ideas? They seem to pop out of my heads at strange moments. Sometimes a memory from my childhood will appear, other times I’ll just be in the middle of doing something and suddenly a story starts developing in my head. As an illustrator, sometimes I see a picture and expand a story around it. I have even written books while on long drives. Luckily I have a good memory and can write them down when I get home.

Do you have a favorite book you have written/illustrated? It’s hard for an author to pick a favorite books, its like they’re my children and I could never choose between them. I do have to say that I Hate Picture Books! has gotten the most attention.

Do you illustrate by hand or by computer? Both! I start out with pencil drawings and then I scan those into my computer and do all of the painting and rendering, usually in Photoshop.

Who are some of your favorite authors/illustrators? Of the classics I love Dr Seuss, Arnold Lobel and PD Eastman but there are some great authors and illustrators putting out books every month. I feel like we’re in a new Golden Age of picture books. I think Dan Santat’s Beekle is one of the most wonderful books of all time. (Bridget note: I agree. I really like Beekle too. His book “Are we there yet” is funny and has QR codes in it.)

(Bridget note 2:The newest book Timothy illustrated comes out tomorrow. It is called “Just One Thing” and my interview with the author Nancy Viau is on Wednesday I hope you come back to learn about her. )

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The Angry Little Puffin

By Timothy Young

Warning: This is not a book about a penguin. Seriously! It is about a puffin. They are different animals. They are polar opposites! Penguins live at the South Pole/Antartica and puffins live towards the north pole. So real polar opposites!

This book is educational about the differences between penguins and puffins.  For instances, puffins can fly! I don’t mean to spoil stuff but there is a point in the book when the puffin says “Do you know what would happen if I jumped off this cliff?”  Well, do you?

There is a penguin easter egg in the book. There are all kinds of penguins books & movies in a picture. The best part is identifying the covers. [Bridget note: There is Salina Yoon on the page. This is how I found out about the book.] [2nd Bridget note: I have read or watched every thing on those pages except the made up Puffin Comic] [3rd Bridget note: I think we should have a Puffin comic, so puffin could be happy]

I simply recommend this book to everyone!