Happy Birthday Bob Staake - September 26
Hello Robots, and The Red Lemon (a few our family's favorites) and has been described as one of the "nation's most successful illustrators." His artwork has been seen on the covers of The New Yorker magazine, advertisements for large corporations, product packaging, greeting cards, and newspaper cartoons. He even, "designed fake commercials for The Ren and Stimpy Show, designed 8 episodes of Dexter's Laboratory, and created the characters for PowerPuff Girls." (Little Chimp Society). He creates his illustration using "a mouse, a keyboard, and an antiquated version of Adobe Photoshop (video below)." He described his process in an interview by Christopher Seufert on YouTube, "I just tend to work very quickly. When I get on a project or on a book, I am not the type of person that wants that protracted deadline. I am always waiting until the final month. I don't want to spread out those illustrations over time. For me to keep cohesiveness and consistency between the illustrations it works best for me to sit down and do it straight out."
Last year, I planned on celebrating Bob Staake's birthday with my family. We read all of his books and I had even contacted him well ahead of time to let him know we were celebrating. However, we moved to a new house which proved to be much more overwhelming than I expected. We lacked internet access in the new home for about two weeks which prevented me from posting in time for his birthday. Fast forward to this year, our birthday celebration for Bob Staake was not going to be interrupted by our family trip to Washington D.C. to attend the National Book Festival.
Cars Galore Bingo based on the book by Peter Stein and Bob Staake. We had read this book numerous times and spent a lot of time just looking at all the illustrations. I was sure my game was going to be a hit! My kids were excited about playing the game for only about 10 minutes. I was so glad I spent about two hours making it.
|Click here to download the game. |
Maybe it will keep your kids entertained a little longer than mine!
|A beautiful day to read a great book! We squeezed our way through all the sightseers to snap this photograph in front of the White House.|
|We moved off to the side so we wouldn't get trampled when I read the book.|
In closing, I wanted to leave you with another quote by Bob Staake that I don't want to forget, "Read, but if you can't, then LOOK through a book at just the pictures -- and don't feel the need to apologize for only looking at them. We ALL need to look more!" (Thunder Chunky).
1. Bob Staake's website (disclaimer: some adult content is present on his site)
2. Bob Staake's Books - many of the books have their own individual sites, search around
3. Follow Bob Staake on Facebook and Twitter
4. Bob Staake's YouTube Channel
5. Interviews - Boston.com (2012), Neatorama, IFAW, Little Chimp Society, Drawn, NY State Reading Assoc. Youth Book Blog, Thunder Chunky
6. The Orb of Chatham - book website
7. Audio Interview - Escape from Illustration Island, Just One More Book
8. Bob Staake on the Seven Impossible Things Blog