Chat with Illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky

Monday, September 29, 2008.

Paul O. Zelinsky (photo from book art comes in many forms and styles.  It can be vibrant and playful, lush and detailed, sketch-like and minimalist, and even explosive like pop-up books.

Because he has so effectively used different styles of art and writing in his books including Rapunzel, The Shivers in the Fridge and The Wheels on the Bus, Paul O. Zelinsky can’t really be described in just a few words.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, author and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky talks about being a student of Maurice Sendak, the qualities of different styles of art and how they reflect fantasy and reality, and how we connect with illustrations.

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To hear more from Mr. Zelinsky, subscribe to our monthly newsletter at and look for him in our October 2008 issue.

Great minds think alike: Once again our 7imp buddies and ourselves have a common guest. Be sure to check out Paul O. Zelinsky’s visit with Jules & Eisha today on Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

The intro to this episode was recorded by Mark at gate C18 in Dulles International Airport during his trip home from the second annual Kidlit Conference, this year in Portland, OR.



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September 29, 2008 @ 2:03 am

[…] real treat today. Not only did he stop by 7-Imp for breakfast this morning, but he is also over at Just One More Book!! today, chatting with, arguably (or probably not arguably), the hardest working bloggers in the […]

Comment by Jules

September 29, 2008 @ 8:47 am

Can’t wait to hear. So glad you asked him about studying under Sendak. Wish I had had time to ask more customized questions, so I’m thrilled you all interviewed him.

Comment by jenny sue kostecki-shaw

September 30, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

This was an awesome interview! Paul, thanks for being so open and sharing all you did. I respect your work so much. You are someone who keeps raising the bar for all of us. Thanks for your inspiration.

ps a must-buy: SHOW & TELL: The Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration (and Paul O. is one of the illustrators featured)

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