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Original Essays | June 20, 2014 1 comment
It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »
Andrea BeatyDescribe your latest project.
Iggy Peck, Architect is a tale of passion. Passion for building!
Iggy has always loved architecture. When he was two, he built a great tower with diapers and glue. Never mind that the diapers weren't clean! Life is great for Iggy until second grade when he meets his match in Miss Lila Greer, the second grade teacher who despises architecture. Trouble ensues, but in the end, Iggy uses his remarkable talents to save the day. Hurray!
David Roberts' illustrations are fun and funky and stylish. Simply put, they rock!
The Nac Mac Feegle from Terry Pratchett's The Wee Free Men ! (I know they are really more than one character, but they are VERY, VERY small.) The Nac MacFeegle would make great friends, because they are very fast, great at defeating Ice Queens and hivers (when they aren't off robbin', fightin', cursin', or fightin') and they are wicked, wicked funny. Crivens!
If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be? Why?
I feel a little eleven o'clockish just thinking about it.
What was your favorite story as a child?
Rhymes with dork.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Tell us about your pets.
As a kid, though, I had lots of pets without X's on their eyes. I had collies, cats, parakeets, box turtles, and even a box of earthworms which I kept until I put my toothbrush in the box and Mom made me get rid of the box. AND the toothbrush. Can you believe?
Who are your favorite characters in history?
If you could pick anyone to illustrate one of your books, who would it be and why?
Luckily, I don't have to choose one! I have an amazing editor with great sent of style and vision for my books. She chose Kevin Hawkes to illustrate my first book, When Giants Come To Play. Kevin captured the very heart of that book! He is amazing. In Iggy Peck, Architect, she chose David Roberts who creates a fun, funky, playful, and joyous world. It's perfect. For future books, I'll just sit back and wait to see what magic my editor dreams up next!
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Andrea Beaty's first book was When Giants Come to Play. She is the recipient of the prestigious Barbara Karlin Honor Grant for picture-book writing from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Naperville, Illinois.