Best Book I Have Not Read

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Chris Soentpiet Interview courtesy of Maggie, fourth grade May 20, 2009

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1. How long does it take you to make all the pictures for one book?

1 year

2. What was your favorite book that you illustrated?
Jin Woo

3. What was your favorite book that you read when you were little?
Where the Sidewalks End

4. Who was your favorite teacher you had in school?

4th Grade-Mrs. Miles-I didn’t speak English because I had just been adopted. Everyday she would go to the art supply cupboard and get me a nice piece of art paper to draw on.

5. What was your first book you illustrated?

Around Town

By 5th grade he knew he wanted to be an artist

He has taught kindergarten in NYC-

He thought he wanted to be a teacher in the arts.

 

My Brother Martin

Christine King Farris was introducing him to a conference of 800 teachers in San Diego

She came up and said, “I have an idea for a book.”

“Okay, what is it?”

“I want to write a book about my brother.”

“Who is your brother?”

“Martin Luther King”

“You mean like the one the holiday is named after?”

6 years later her agent contacted him!

 

His wife has written 3 books with him. She wants it to be a hobby, not a career for her. She serves as his agent

My mom first saw him at OSU Children’s Literature Conference

He has a new poetry book coming out next year.

He has a little boy-CJ-Christopher Junior-17 month old

His room is decorated with Something Beautiful drawings

He lives in NYC in a Studio-warehouse. It has 3 floors: 2 floors office/studi0, 1 floor home

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Chris Soentpiet May 14, 2009

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IMG_2069My daughter asked Chris Soentpiet some great questions and he was very generous in sharing his answers and other personal stories with the group that had dinner with him this evening. I know we are both really looking forward to seeing his presentation tomorrow. 

My daughter’s favorite book:
My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Chrisine King Farris

My favorite:
Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant 

More to share later! Back to the last of crazy May to-do list!

 

Dinner with an Illustrator May 13, 2009

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I’ve very excited to have the opportunity to have dinner with one of my favorite illustrators this evening. My daughter is going to go along and “interview” him for her blog. Needless to say, SHE is very excited as well. Here’s a hint-He illustrated a book by my favorite author Cynthia Rylant. 

Check back later to see who it is!