Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Interview with Tomie dePaola

It's nothing startling, except for the news that dePaola meant to be a monk at one point (what, really?) but check out this article for a little visit with one of the greats of written-and-illustrated-by children's books.

I grew up with Tomie dePaola's books, especially his religious stuff. Whenever I think of the Virgin of Guadalupe, I think of his version, with the beautiful roses tumbling from Juan Diego's tilma as the bishop looks on in wonder. DePaola's art is a central part of my childhood.

At the same time, I'm interested in where dePaola is going that he feels the need for a younger editor who'll be more supportive of being "dangerous." Hmm. . . .

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