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Holly HobbieDescribe your latest project.
After 11 years of Toot and Puddle, I decided to try something new. My character, Fanny, is a determined girl who wants a particular sort of celebrity doll. When her mother says no, Fanny decides to create her own doll, but the result is a far cry from what she wanted. The story becomes a kind of journey dealing with themes of identity, conformity, independence, and acceptance. The challenge and joy for me is in making the pictures.
The minimalist sculptor Anne Truitt wrote several meditative books, based on journals, which have meant a lot to me: Daybook, Turn, and Prospect.
What do you do for relaxation?
What makes your favorite pair of shoes better than the rest?
What is your astrological sign? If you don't like what you were born with, to what sign would you change and why?
Name the best television series of all time, and explain why it's the best.
On a clear and cold day, do you typically get outside into the sunshine or stay inside where it's warm?
Aside from other writers, name some artists from whom you draw inspiration and talk a little about their work.
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
Five Wonderful Picture Books:
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Priscilla and the Pink Planet by Nathaniel and Jocelyn Hobbie
Ginger by Charlotte Voake
The Mole Sisters by Roslyn Schwartz
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Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than 30 years and is the author of eight previous and highly acclaimed Toot & Puddle picture books, as well as an illustrated memoir, The Art of Holly Hobbie.