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Lane Smith


Lane Smith

Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff. Most recently MADAM PRESIDENT and JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE, & BEN which were both New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. His titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor winner THE STINKY CHEESE MAN; THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS; MATH CURSE; and SCIENCE VERSE. Lane's other high profile titles include HOORAY FOR DIFFENDOOFER DAY! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky; THE VERY PERSISTENT GAPPERS OF FRIP by George Saunders; BIG PLANS by Bob Shea; and JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH by Roald Dahl. In 1996 Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach.

Lane also wrote and illustrated the retro, cult favs THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY and THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY MOVES TO THE COUNTRY. Like the Hocky family, he and book designer Molly Leach live in a little town in the country.

Lane is represented by Steven Malk of Writers House.

Lane Smith

Books by Lane Smith

Written by Jory John and illustrated by Lane Smith - Children's 3-7, Picture

Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it’s a land free of worries and responsibilities! All of your problems will surely be blown away by the icy winds of that lawless paradise! . . . Won’t they? Think again, my friend. This penguin has come to tell you that his life down there is no more a picnic than yours is here. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have a ton of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mom in a big ol’ crowd of identical penguins? No, thank you. Yes, it seems there is no escaping the drudgery of your daily grind, whatever it might be. Or perhaps we’ve just learned that grumps are everywhere...

by Lane Smith - Children's 5-9, Education, Nature

If Lane Smith's Caldecott Honor Book GRANDPA GREEN was an homage to aging and the end of life, THERE IS A TRIBE OF KIDS is a meditation on childhood and life's beginning. Smith's vibrant sponge-paint illustrations and use of unusual collective nouns such as smack and unkindness bring the book to life.

by Lane Smith - Youth Fiction

Augie Hobble lives in a fairy tale --- or at least Fairy Tale Place, the down-on-its-luck amusement park managed by his father. Yet his life is turning into a nightmare: he's failed creative arts and has to take summer school, the girl he has a crush on won't acknowledge him and Hogg Wills and the school bullies won't leave him alone. Worse, a succession of mysterious, possibly paranormal, events have him convinced that he's turning into a werewolf.

written by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith