If you have children or are even remotely clued in to the kidlitosphere, chances are you’ve run across Dan Santat’s work. As an illustrator, he’s provided the art for a slew of young readers’ faves, including Lisa Yee’s Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2009) and Mac Barnett’s Oh No! Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World (Hyperion, 2010). He’s the brain behind the animated Disney Channel series The Replacements. And he’s developed something of a cult following for his quirky homemade book trailers, vid-clips, and pix featuring his photoshopped “clone” appearing in the unlikeliest of places, from the artist’s sketchbook to the Crate and Barrel catalog (check out www.meandmyclone.tumblr.com for a laugh).
Now Santat dons his author/illustrator hat with publication of Sidekicks (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic), his delightfully hilarious graphic novel about a trio of superpowered house pets who must save their superhero human, Captain Amazing, from the evil Dr. Havoc. Santat spills all on creating a graphic novel, plus how he changed course from dental college to art school, microbiology to children's books, in my August column atAuthorlink.com.
Be sure to check out Santat's website and blog, as well, at www.dantat.com!
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