Every summer at Hollins we have a guest illustrator/author visit, and this year we had it big! John Rocco, author of Blizzard, Blackout, Moonpowder, Wolf! Wolf! and the illustrator for all the Percy Jackson books, came to Hollins!
I had the pleasure of introducing him for the Friday evening talk. He is one of my all time favorite illustrators so it was an easy job to say how amazing and talented he is.
Saturday morning he held a workshop where he broke down his books Wolf! Wolf! and Blizzard. He showed us how he made certain illustrative decisions, where he decided to place text, and how he came to writing his own books. One of the big takeaways is one of his tools for creating a story: "What if..." Ask "What if" and see what comes up. Wolf! Wolf! is a retelling of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, but it takes place in China, is told from the wolf's perspective, and more.
Click here for Elizabeth Dulemba's blog post about his visit!