When you hear the words 'magic' and 'story', they will probably evoke thoughts of your favourite fairy tales from childhood. Storybook pages abound with all manner of magic: fantastical fairies, wish-granting genies, or even a certain boy wizard.
I would love having Winnie-the-Pooh stay here at the house. We could talk of food and what we were eating next. Maybe ponder that over a little morsel... and then take a little nap and dream of desserts.
Balancing an illustrator and author can be tricky, but I was an illustrator mostly before I wrote my books.
I can't remember a time when I wasn't inspired by 'Star Wars.'
I feel very proud in what we've created in the 'Spiderwick' stories. And, frankly, I am glad we are ending the series on a high-note.
I get ideas from everywhere: movies, books, movies, nature - it comes into my brain, it sits there for a while, and it starts coming back out.
I love books, and I love to read, and I had ideas for books that I thought would be neat to read.
I love making books for children. Big kids, little kids, old kids and new.
I love stories. I loved stories when I was a kid. My mom read stories to me all the time.
I must confess that although I am quite passionate about the books I create for children, I am not the best oral storyteller. In fact, I stink at it.
I obsess over things... especially my book projects. It can be very time consuming.
I read a lot of fantasy and grew up on 'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek.' I loved going to Middle Earth. 'Dungeons & Dragons' was a huge influence.
I think about what 10-year-old Tony would want that 40-year-old Tony can make.
I think I've got a decent imagination. I hope some of my stories inspire other young imaginations.
I was a tremendous fan of the original Kenneth Grahame short story, 'The Reluctant Dragon.'
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