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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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Many people like snakes, lizards, and turtles, and there?s so much to find out about all of these scaly-skinned animals. Are all snakes poisonous? Why do snakes shed their skin? What unusual things can lizards do? Do lizards ever lose their tails? Why do turtles have shells? Kids will find the answers?and much more?in this fun, fact-filled introduction to reptiles. Filled with colorful photographs and illustrations, this is just right for any reptile lover.

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Kids find the answers to their questions about these reptiles in this fun, fact-filled introduction. Filled with full-color photos and illustrations, this title is just right for any reptile lover.

About the Author

The reason I'm a children's book author/illustrator today is that I have a lot of determination. I practiced drawing and revised my stories over and over because I wanted nothing more than to do what I'm doing now--writing and illustrating children's books.

I always knew I'd become an artist and studied art in college in Texas. After graduating from college, I became an Art Director at a graphic design firm. I moved from Texas to New York to work in children's publishing. I got a job as Associate Art Director in children's books at Scholastic, where I designed books and enjoyed working with editors and illustrators. This was excellent experience.

I illustrated my first children's book in 1992 and soon began illustrating full time. I had always written stories, but I began completing manuscripts and mailing them out to publishers in the early 1990's. In 1996, I sold my first two manuscripts — Boo Who? (Scholastic) and Pen Pals (Grosset and Dunlap) — both published in 1997.

Now I write and illustrate full time. It is a great job. When I think of a idea, I write it down so that whenever I finish one story I'll have a bunch of ideas waiting that I can begin working on next. I especially love reading and writing funny stories, weird stories, and animal stories.

Books I've written and illustrated include:

Cinderdog and the Wicked Stepcat Albert Whitman, 2001 (ages 4-8, picture book)

Abby Cadabra, Super Speller, Grosset and Dunlap, 2000 (ages 6-8, easy reader)

How to Find Lost Treasure in All Fifty States and Canada, Too Aladdin, 2000 (ages 8-12, NF)

The Haunted States of America Aladdin, 2001 (ages 8-12, NF)

Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars, 2001 Grosset and Dunlap (ages 6-9, NF)

Happy Monster Day! Scholastic,1999

Pen Pals Grosset and Dunlap, 1997 (ages 6-8, easy reader)

Ivy Green, Cootie Queen Troll, 1998 (ages 7-9)

Red, Yellow, Green What Do Signs Mean? Scholastic, 1998 (ages 4-8)

Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book Scholastic, 1997 (ages 1-6)

Eek-A-Boo! A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book Scholastic, 2000 (ages 1-6)

Books I've written include:

I Have A Weird Brother Who Digested A Fly, Albert Whitman, 1999 (picture book)

Light the Candles, A Hanukkah Lift the Flap Book, Puffin, 2000

The Garden That We Grew Viking/Puffin, 2001(ages 4-7, easy reader)

The Pizza That We Made Viking/Puffin, 2001(ages 4-7, easy reader)

Scat Cats! Viking/Puffin, 2001(ages 4-7, easy reader)

Backwards Day, Scholastic, 2000

Why Do Dogs Bark? Puffin, 2001(ages 6-8, easy reader)

Why Do Cats Meow? Puffin, 2001(ages 6-8, easy reader)

The Spooky Sleepover, Grosset and Dunlap, 1999 (ages 6-8, easy reader)

Pajama Party Grosset and Dunlap, 1998 (ages 4-7, easy reader)

Space Dogs on Planet K-9 Troll, 1998 (ages 7-10)

Books I've illustrated include:

Breakout at the Bug Lab Dial, 2001(ages 6-8, easy reader)

Hector's Hiccups Random House, 1999

Shadows Everywhere Scholastic, 1999

Hot Cha-Cha! Winslow Press

No Fair! Scholastic, Hello Math

The 100th Day of School Scholastic

Ten Little Ballerinas Grosset and Dunlap

I Love You Mom Troll

I Love You Dad Troll

My First Book of Sign Language Troll

Answers to questions people sometimes ask me:

1. Where do you get your ideas?

I get ideas many different ways. Sometimes, ideas just pop into my head. I also listen to and watch the people around me for ideas. I read to get ideas. I daydream to get ideas. When I get an idea, I write it down in an idea notebook, so I won't forget it. I think ideas are the easy part of writing. I get lots of ideas for books all the time. Developing them into a book with a beginning, middle and end is the difficult, time-consuming part. The idea is important, but an idea isn't a book until it has been developed into a story that works as a whole from start to finish.

2. When and why did you decide to become an author and artist?

I've been writing and reading stories all of my life. I didn't concentrate on writing children's books until around 1990. In 1991, I began regularly submitting manuscripts to publishers.I began writing because I had story ideas that I thought would make good books. I've always known I would become an artist--ever since kindergarten.

3. Why don't you illustrate all of the books you write?

I haven't had time to illustrate all of the books I write, but I've usually been very happy with the work of the illustrators who have illustrated my books. I wasn't happy with the art in a couple of books, but I don't think it's fair to try and control the artist, so I keep out of the artist's way as much as possible. I continue to illustrate books by other authors as well. I have just as much fun illustrating a book written by someone else as I do illustrating books I write. As long as the story is good, illustrating it is fun.

4. Did you like school when you were a kid?

Most of the time. I got bored during the summer, so I was glad when school started. I loved getting a new lunchbox and choosing what I would wear the first day. But then after about 2 weeks of school, I wished for summer again. I like to read and I made good grades, so school was mostly fun for me.

5. How do you develop your characters and plot?

I've usually already decided on a main charater and 1/4 to 3/4 of a plot before I start writing a story. I just write and work out the rest of the characters and plot as I go along. I have a college art degree, but have no formal training as a writer. I learn the rhythm and structure of stories by reading books and thinking about how they are structured. I also read instructional books about how to write.

6. What is your favorite part about writing? Why?

Getting an idea; finishing a book manuscript; getting an offer from a publisher; and seeing my book in a store are all big thrills. The process of writing is not always fun. But I'm driven to write, and time flies when I'm writing.

7. How hard has it been to get your works published?

It was hard to sell the first manuscript. Then in 1996, I suddenly sold three manuscripts in three months to Grosset and Dunlap and Scholastic.

8. What are your favorite books besides the one(s) you have written?

Spaceship Under the Apple Tree; Martha Speaks; The Giving Tree; A Friend for Dragon; Chrysanthemum; Ruby the Copycat; Marvin Redpost--Is He A Girl?

9. What do you look for in a good book?

Something I think is funny or a feeling I can strongly identify with. A good idea and a memorable plot and characters.

10. Do you have kids or pets? Hobbies?

No kids, but we do have a great cat, who thinks he's our child. For hobbies, I like to hike, bikeride, and read.

Anna Divito lives in Unionville, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142401057
Subtitle:
And Other Questions About Snakes, Lizards, and Turtles
ill.:
Divito, Anna
Illustrator:
DiVito, Anna
Author:
Holub, Joan
Author:
DiVito, Anna
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers
Location:
New York
Subject:
Animals - Reptiles & Amphibians
Subject:
Questions and answers
Subject:
Snakes
Subject:
Reptiles
Subject:
Games & Activities - Questions & Answers
Subject:
Turtles
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-Wild Animals
Subject:
Animals - Pets
Subject:
Readers - Intermediate
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Young Readers, L3
Series Volume:
2000-01
Publication Date:
20040909
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
9.00x6.08x.18 in. .24 lbs.
Age Level:
04-08

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