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Tony DiTerlizzi

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Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

Photo credit: Kim Pilla

Tony DiTerlizzi

Become a Fan

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

Photo credit: Kim Pilla

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Tony DiTerlizzi
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Never abandon imagination

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not holding onto my old Star Wars toys when I was a kid.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Breyer's mint chocolate chip ice cream. I'd be the size of a truck, but I'd be a happy truck.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I'd like to think I've got a good sense of humor.

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

A. I would have loved to have met the late Jim Henson. His imagination and ambition really had a tremendous impact on me.

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