*with someone not a) directly involved in its creation, or b) married to me
Julie Danielson recently interviewed me for Kirkus Reviews about my upcoming picture book Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion (Millbrook Press), illustrated by Victo Ngai. Here’s a taste:
Jules: So, what was it like for you to see Victo’s illustrations for the first time?
Chris: My reaction to the first cover sketch my editor shared was (and I have the email to prove it): “Oooooh!!!” And I was at least somewhat prepared for what Victo’s art in this book might look like, because I had seen samples of her work before she was selected as the illustrator. I knew it was going to be a visually fantastic book.
But even then, when I saw the first color art for Dazzle Ships — it was the two-page spread for “Britain, the United States, and their allies turned things around…” — my response was, “[H]oly moly, is that artwork astounding! I’m looking forward more than ever to seeing the rest.”
I had fun chatting with Julie, and I hope you’ll enjoy it, too.
If you like the sound of this book, here are a couple of dates to keep in mind:
September 1: Publication day! Buy Dazzle Ships from your most beloved independent bookseller.
September 7: If you’re in Austin, come hear me read and discuss Dazzle Ships that evening at my most beloved independent bookseller.