What’s it like to see stories through the eyes of a visual artist?

Marla Frazee, multiple award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, shares her vision in a captivating conversation with Eve and Julie. The recipient of two Caldecott Honors and the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, Marla knew that she wanted to become an illustrator before she’d even found language. She explains why her three favorite illustrated books--The Carrot Seed, Blueberries for Sal, and Where the Wild Things Are--inspired her from the moment she first saw them as a young child, and what she’s learned from her deep study of them over the years. Marla sets out in revelatory detail, too, her process for transforming the text of a story into a fully realized, immersive world. And she shares insights about the relationships among authors, editors, and illustrators in the realm of picture book publishing.






All the World


A Caldecott Honor picture book

"... [a] shining, subtle craftsmanship ... moves this title from merely enjoyable to genuinely inspired.... In short, it's a moving and accessible celebration of the poetry of ordinary human life." -- The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books


A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever


A Caldecott Honor picture book

“Frazee brings out the typical energy of a couple of boys who may scoff at nature and seem to prefer watching TV, but it is through her artful illustrations that readers catch glimpses of just how savvy and creative these kids can be. . . . This intergenerational story will elicit howls of laughter and requests for repeated readings.” (starred review) ― School Library Journal Published On: 2008-03-01


Go Deeper

Marla Frazee

The Farmer Books (trilogy): Farmer and the Clown, Farmer and the Monkey, Farmer and the Circus, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

Clementine (chapter book series), by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee

All the World, by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

Rollercoaster, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

Walk On, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

Santa Claus: the World's Number One Toy Expert, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

The Boss Baby, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

The Boss Baby (animated film)

Boot & Shoe, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

The Seven Silly Eaters, by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Stars, by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Marla Frazee

God Got a Dog, by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Marla Frazee

The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Crockett Johnson

Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey

Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

Crockett Johnson, cartoonist and illustrator

Charles M. Schulz, cartoonist

Robert McCloskey, illustrator

Eve Yohalem

Julie Sternberg

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