Jim Averbeck

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Jim Averbeck is the author of One Word from Sophia, illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail; In a Blue Room, illustrated by Tricia Tusa; and of the novel A Hitch at the Fairmont. He is also the author and illustrator of the picture books Oh No, Little Dragon! and Except If. He studied Children’s Book Writing and Illustration at the University of California Berkeley and now makes his home in San Francisco. You can visit him at JimAverbeck.com.

Photograph by Tim O’Meara

Books by this Author

One Word from Sophia
A Hitch at the Fairmont
Oh No, Little Dragon!
except if


Jim Averbeck’s 'One Word From Sophia'

In Jim Averbeck's book, 'One Word from Sophia', a playfully illustrated story about the nuances of negotiation, Sophia tries varied techniques to get the giraffe she wants more than anything.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Probisco Ergo Sum. (I have schnoz, therefore I am.)

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Jesus. I'd ask him to have a talk with some of his followers, to straighten a few things out.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, courtesy and sarcasm.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Ice cream.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Nelson Mandela.

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