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Gilbert Ford

Biography

Gilbert Ford

Gilbert Ford grew up in a family of professional photographers in Jackson, Mississippi, and moved to New York to attend Pratt Institute. After graduating, he worked as a designer and illustrator for a giftware company, creating puzzles, games, stickers, stationery, and activity books for children, before setting out on his own in 2007.  He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  His toys have won several Openheimer awards, and his illustrations have been recognized by Communication Arts, 3 x 3, American Illustration Chosen, The Society of Illustrators, and The Society of Publication Designers. He is the illustrator of the popular Pseudonymous Bosch Secret Series published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. He is currently illustrating his 4th picture book called Soldier Song that will be released by Disney/ Hyperion in Fall of 2016.

Gilbert Ford

Books by Gilbert Ford

written by Anita Sanchez with illustrations by Gilbert Ford - Children's, Children's 7-10, Children's Nonfiction, Nature, Nonfiction, Science

What’s that terrible smell? It’s the revolting scent of rot. But being rotten isn’t necessarily bad. If nothing ever rotted, nothing new could live. Decomposition may seem like the last stop on the food chain, but it’s just the beginning. When dead plants and animals decay, they give life to a host of other creatures, and each one helps ecosystems thrive. Decomposition happens everywhere --- even in your stomach and between your teeth! From vultures and sharks to bacteria, maggots, mushrooms and more, discover the dirty rotten truth about one of nature’s most fascinating processes.

by Gilbert Ford - Children's 4-8, Picture

One day, a spring fell from the desk of Richard James, an engineer and a dreamer. Its coils took a walk...and so did Richard’s imagination. He knew right away that he had stumbled onto something marvelous. With the help of his wife, Betty, Richard took this ordinary spring and turned it into a plaything. But it wasn’t just any old trinket --- it was a Slinky, and it would become one of the most popular toys in American history.

written by Tricia Springstubb with illustrations by Gilbert Ford - Children's, Fiction
Moonpenny is a tiny island in a great lake. When the summer people leave and the ferries stop running, just the tried-and-true islanders are left behind. Flor and her best, her perfect friend, Sylvie, are the only eleven-year-olds for miles and miles --- and Flor couldn't be happier. But come the end of summer, unthinkable things begin to happen. Sylvie is suddenly, mysteriously, whisked away to school on the mainland. Flor's mother leaves to take care of Flor's sick grandmother and doesn't come back. Her big sister has a secret, and Flor fears it's a dangerous one.Meanwhile, a geologist and his peculiar daughter arrive to excavate prehistoric trilobites, one of the first creatures to develop sight. Soon Flor is helping them. As her own ability to see her life on this little lump of limestone evolves, she faces truths about those she loves --- and about herself --- she never imagined.