I have a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy. This helps when you have a crazy big family like mine. You see, I have 6 kids that all have superpowers and don’t believe in bedtime. The stories I write and illustrate usually come from me making deals to tell stories as long as their heads are on the pillow.
I wrote my very first literary masterpiece when I was just 6 years old. Although I don’t remember the title, I know the main character was a tapeworm with a bazooka living in someone’s stomach.
People say you have to read a lot of books to be a good writer. I’m a terrible reader. I’m slow, have poor comprehension, and generally only make it through half of any book with more than a hundred pages. Lucky for me, having so many kids legally requires me to read (and finish) several million picture books per evening.
Here is how I define picture books when done right: they’re touching and funny pieces of art that can be completely consumed and adored in less than 5 minutes. To me, picture books are like amazing little animated movies with only enough room for the good parts within their pages.
I try to make all of my books have just the good parts. Otherwise my kids would have me drawn and quartered.
Watch for more Amazing New Inventions from the world of Sully P. Snooferpoot to come soon.