Interview with the Creators of I Don’t Want to Be a Frog
by Alexie Basil
The creators of I Don’t Want to Be a Frog live many miles apart, but that doesn’t stop them from working together to bring incredible stories to life. In these exclusive videos, author Dev Petty and illustrator Mike Boldt share how they use their art to express themselves while encouraging kids to do the same.
Dev explains why she chose to make the main character a frog and what message she hopes young readers take away from the book.
Mike offers an over-his-shoulder, step-by-step view of how he creates Frog, from sketch to beautifully colored illustration!
Dev Petty is the author of I Don’t Want to Be a Frog, I Don’t Want to Be Big, and There’s Nothing to Do! A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Dev previously worked as a visual-effects artist in film, contributing to such movies as the Matrix trilogy. Dev was born and raised in Berkeley, California, and now lives right next door in Albany, California, with her husband, two daughters, some dogs, and other critters. Visit her online at devpetty.com.
Mike Boldt is an author and illustrator living in the countryside of Alberta, Canada. He has been illustrating for children for the past 15 years, including the books I Don’t Want to Be a Frog, I Don’t Want to Be Big, and There’s Nothing to Do! When he’s not drawing, Mike is building snow forts and LEGO spaceships with his three kids, or sharing laughs and ice cream with his wife. He is very glad he’s not a frog. Visit Mike online at mikeboldt.ca.
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