Get to Know the Author and Illustrator of Fox the Tiger
“Picture books are like mini art museums you can carry around. They can be whole entire worlds, or just a tiny captured moment.”
Corey R. Tabor loves books…especially picture books. So when his editors at HarperCollins asked him to write some early readers, he panicked. But then he did what any sly author would do: he went to the library and checked out as many early readers as he could carry, took them home, and studied them. The result was the award-winning Fox the Tiger, a delightful story that explores the joys of friendship, make-believe, and the value of being yourself. Share these fun facts with your students to learn more about Corey.
1. Corey Has Loved Drawing Since He Was a Kid
Corey and his brothers would make up characters and stories when they were little. To him, drawing was the best form of play, and he still thinks of it that way, even now as an adult.
2. Calvin and Hobbes Is a Major Source of Inspiration
Whenever Corey needs a pick-me-up, he takes out his old Calvin and Hobbes books and they remind him of what it feels like to be a kid again.
3. Picture Books Are Still Personal Favorites to Read
Corey says you are never too old or too young to read a good picture book.
4. Corey Likes to Make a Mess
Watercolor is Corey’s favorite material to use when illustrating, because it’s hard to control and leads to happy accidents.
5. Corey Didn’t Believe He Really Won the 2019 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for Fox the Tiger
Corey says first he double-checked with his editor, and then the next morning, since the ALA midwinter meeting happened to be in Seattle, he rode his bike to the convention center and listened to the announcements in person. Corey says it was an incredible experience, and he is so grateful that his lifelong love of art led him to creating books for children.
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Corey R. Tabor is the author and illustrator of Snail Crossing, Fox and the Jumping Contest, Fox and the Bike Ride, Fox Is Late, Fox Versus Winter, the Geisel Award–winning Fox the Tiger, and the Caldecott Honor–winning Mell Fell. Corey lives in Seattle with his wife and son and spends his time making pictures and stories. You can visit him online at coreyrtabor.com.
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