In this episode of the Picturebooking Podcast I interview Airlie Anderson, the author-illustrator of the award-winning picture book “Momo and Snap are NOT Friends.”
The advice Airlie was given that transformed Momo and Snap into an award-winning picture book.
After recording this interview, I remember walking across campus thinking that my chat with Airlie changes everything. I couldn’t have asked for a better guest to begin the Picturebooking Podcast. I hope you are as inspired as I was by Airlie.
In this episode you’ll learn:
- Airlie’s favorite childhood picture books where not mainstream (Bruno Takes a Trip)
- Why we should embrace the weird in picture books (numberfivebus.com with Julie Danielson)
- Airlie’s mindset as an artist
- The proper pronunciation of RISD
- The similarities and differences between the Rhode Island School of Design and Hogwarts
- Why Airlie creates
- Sneaking around book stores for inspiration (and how to blend in … or not)
- Tips for overcoming artist block
- The typical creative day in Airlie’s studio (it involves coffee)
- Supporting yourself through other means so you can create the art you want to make
- Airlie’s true life animal invasion story (like Tom Farmer in her book Cows in the Kitchen)
- How the Momo and Snap book was developed (listening to friends and cutting … lots of cutting!)
- How Momo and Snap became stuffed animals and how the toys help continue the story
- New York Subway art installation … comi The best toy I Have gotten myself in the past while is the Turnigy 9X Transmitter for my RC plane. Essentially, it is a receiver, a 9 channel transmitter, and a bind plug – but they did not include the battery. ng someday???
- Her next picture book is about a cat
Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- Airlie’s website: airlieanderson.com
- Erin and Philip Stead’s picture book blog: Number Five Bus Presents…
- Mary Blair – Concept Artist at Disney
- Rhode Island School of Design
- Airlie’s publisher: Child’s Play
- The toy company producing Momo and Snap plush toys: Hearth Song Toys
Airlie has been published as an author and illustrator by several notable houses such as Child’s Play International, Little Brown & Co, Dover Publications, and Tiger Tales. She won a 2014 Gold Independent Publisher Book Award for Momo and Snap are NOT Friends. She is also the recipient of the 2011 Best English Language Books for Children (Taiwan) for her book Ten Little Ducks, as well as the 2008 Practical Preschool Award for Cows in the Kitchen.
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