Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 28, 2002 · Page 20
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 20

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Monday, October 28, 2002
Page 20
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from Th« MM Pa«« by Bitty D«bnam C S002 Th« Mini Pig* Pubfahlng Company Inc. Meet Illustrator Brian Selznick 'The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins" is the true story of the artist who made some of the first models of dinosaurs. It was a 2002 Caldecott Honor Book. It was written by Barbara Kerley. Brian Selznick has illustrated about 17 books, and he has also written three of those. He especially enjoys working on books about real people. In an interview with The Mini Page, Selznick said: "I love history and I love doing research. There are so many amazing people who have had really incredible stories that it's fun to find out about them." Background He said: "I've always drawn, for as long as I can remember." He had a great private art teacher and high school art teacher. He studied art in college, but planned to design sets for the theater. He realized what he really wanted to do was to illustrate kids' books. To learn more, he took a job at a children's book store. The managers of that store helped him get his first book, "The Houdini Box," published. His work Sometimes he works doing research for his books. At other times he works on his illustrations. He might work 10 or 11 hours a day. He works in his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. He tapes finished pictures up on the wall so he can look at them while he's working on the next pages. He also keeps a mirror in front of himself so he can make expressions to see what characters would look like during events in the books. Brian Selznick, 36, has a sister, Holly, who is a kindergarten teacher, and a brother, Lee, a brain surgeon. Their dad, Roger Selznick, was an accountant, and their mother, Lynn, was a homemaker. "When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson" tells of this singer who became great in spite of prejudice. It was written by Pam Munoz Ryan. Some favorites Colors: "Red is an exciting color, but blue is nice and so is green." Hobbies: going to movies, riding his bike, going to museums. He also is a puppeteer, making and performing with his own puppets. He enjoys collecting souvenirs that remind him of his books. To mark his book about the dinosaur artist, for example, he was able to get pieces of the models Waterhouse Hawkins had made, but that had been broken. He made those pieces into a ring. He also collects miniature Empire State buildings, snowglobes from every city he visits, miniature landmarks such as a tiny St. Louis Arch, and strange dolls such as ones from the movie "Planet of the Apes." Advice to kids "It's really important to do what you love to do." Iron Tl» Mini Pw by B«tty Mxunn O 20OZ TH« MM frngt PubMUng CwnfXny VK; Mini Spy ... Alpha Betty is reading a wonderful book to her friends in the bookstore. See if you can find: '-letter A • snake • cat • letter D • kite • word MINI • letter B • carrot • letter C • number 7 • sailboat • lips • pencil Iran ttm MM Pag. by BMy OAon O 2002 Ttw MM PXJ. PufcW*ta Company he. Book Week Band's DUUfV VVCWIV ™^ DN Words and names that remind us of authors are hidden in the block below. Some words are hidden backward or diagonally. See if you can find: AUTHOR, WRITER, POEM, WRITE, BOOK, STORY, TITLE, PLOT, CHAPTER, PAGE, READ, PUBLISH, TOPIC, IDEA, WORD, DIALOGUE, WORK, VERSE, EDIT. AUTHORAV I PKT I DE BTOP ICYOEDAVDQV CWSTORYZPREGPER CHAPTERDBLSAEWR EQZMWORKTQOE FR E. UGOLAIDIWPTFI KOO BGAWHTORGWTD HTRETI RWLREJHET JHS I LBUPEDUPOEM E A

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