Today we meet award winning author/illustrator Frank Asch. His first picture book, George's Stone, was published in 1968. Since that time, Frank has published books in almost every category of children's literature. Personally, I discovered Mr. Asch through reading books in his Moonbeam Bear series. Sand Cake is one of my favorites! To say that his complete list of published books is impressive, is an understatement.
Heres's a fun fact: In l989, Mr. Asch and Vladimir Vagin of the U.S.S.R. published Here Comes the Cat , which was the first Soviet/American collaboration on a children's book. Here Comes the Cat has received wide recognition in the U.S. and was awarded the Russian National Book Award.
I introduce to you, Mr. Frank Asch. . . .
Please describe some of the pros and cons of being an author and an illustrator.
Trends in children's reading have changed since you began writing. How you have adapted to those changes?
How did you get your start as an author/illustrator, and how have you maintained your success?
I was influenced by Where The Wild Things Are. I wanted to be a fine artist. And I thought that book was fine art. So it opened a door for me. As for continued success I just kept writing. There are other media that I like. But the idea that books are read by parents to kids at night before they go to sleep really inspired me and continues to inspire me today.
What are some strategies for developing a strong character that children will relate to?
Mr. Asch’s work has received international acclaim, having been translated into many European languages as well as Japanese, Chinese, and Russian. His poetry has been reprinted in recent anthologies, and his stories have been selected by major book clubs, adapted for various basal reading series, filmstrips, animated films, videos, and periodicals. His books have been featured on television here in the U.S.A., in Germany, Australia, England, and the Soviet Union.