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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 is your greatest achievement?

A. Being a pretty good dad.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I think I've got a decent imagination. I hope some of my stories inspire other young imaginations.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I obsess over things...especially my book projects. It can be very time consuming.

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

A. I've been taking macro-photographs of insects for the last few years. I really enjoy examining nature at close range.

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