Interview with Brian Lies

Monday, June 4, 2007.

Brian LiesChildren’s books and the people that create them can be the catalysts for life changing experiences. Take the example of a grade five student who discovers during a school visit by a favourite author/illustrator that creating children’s books is something anyone could do.

Mark speaks with author/illustrator Brian Lies about his career path, overcoming his self-doubts, and creating books as a chance to explore one’s own fantasy.

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Comment by Jules

June 5, 2007 @ 9:12 am

Thanks for this. Lies is really talented. I’m loving his work.

Comment by teri sloat

June 10, 2007 @ 12:26 am

Just found out about the interview with Brian and clicked in. What a great conversation, and so nice to hear the books and authors that inspired you to do your work as a young person.
Thank you.

Comment by Kymberlee

February 18, 2008 @ 6:29 pm

We love Bats at Night, and look forward to investigating other works. I happen to be in charge of welcoming authors and illustrators to our elementary schools in Littleton, MA. I love to hear a talented man like this say that that exact type of visit inspired him…

Thanks for doing this great work

Comment by kathy Carney

March 4, 2008 @ 9:59 pm

Dear Mr. Lies:

Thank you for coming to visit The Peter Noyes School. You did a wonderful job talking to us. The teachers keep talking about you. They liked the way you told us to keep reading. (They have been telling us that forever) They tell us a lot of things but we did not really think it was that important until someone who was successful told us. We liked seeing your drawing that you did in second grade. It made us think that we really can do anything that we want to do as long as we work hard and keep at it.
We really liked your visit. We already liked your books even before you came to see us. We knew about Bats at the Beach because our teacher made us bring our favorite book to school on the first day of school. Keith brought your book in and we thought it was great.

Thank you for coming to visit.

Mrs. Carney’s first grade class

Comment by Erinn

April 23, 2009 @ 2:44 pm

My twins cannot stop talking about Mr. Lies after he visited their kindergarten class. They both color for at least 2 hours a day & now would like to become illustrators themselves.
Thank you!

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