Tony DiTerlizzi

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This biography introduces readers to Tony DiTerlizzi, co-creator and illustrator of the incredibly popular Spiderwick Chronicles series. Readers will learn about DiTerlizzi's childhood in Florida and his current family life in Massachusetts, his early interest in nature and drawing, his experience working on Dungeons & Dragons, the real-life inspiration for some of his picture book stories such as Ted, as well as his latest projects, which include writing The Search for WondLa, the first in new novel trilogy. Easy-to-read text and full-color photos highlight DiTerlizzi's childhood, family, education, life as an illustrator, and his beloved works. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

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About the author (2012)

Sheila Griffin Llanas is a writer of library-bound informational books for children and teens. She edited her college literary review and received a BA in literature, then an MFA in poetry at the University of Iowa. She taught with Johns Hopkins CTY, a summer program that offers college-type classes to middle grade and high school students. Next, she taught composition at a two-year college. She bagan to write for magazines, clothing catalogs, and educational publishers which lead to becoming a freelance writer. Her first informational children┐s book was Helen of Troy. She has written 30 non-fiction library books for children and teen readers. Her titles also include: Buffaloes, Coyotes, Daniel Radcliffe and Gray Wolves. Some other projects she has written include romantic stories for Woman┐s World, novel reviews for Beyond Her Book, a Publisher┐s Weekly blog, Lands┐ End catalog copy, essays for magazines like Christian Science Monitor, Bead & Button, Wisconsin Trails, and poems for little magazines like APR, Jubilat, Sonora Review, Denver Quarterly.