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Jon Agee

Author & Illustrator

Jon Agee is the author/illustrator of many picture books for children, including It’s Only Stanley, Life on Mars, Lion Lessons, Milo's Hat Trick, and Little Santa. He is also the author/illustrator of popular wordplay books, among them, Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog! and Orangutan Tons: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue. His newest book, due out in October, is The Wall in the Middle of the Book.

Jon grew up along the Hudson River in Nyack, New York and went to college at The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, where he studied painting and filmmaking.
Agee lives with his wife, Audrey, in San Francisco.

Jon Agee is the artist for the 2018 Sheboygan Children & Teens’ Book Festival poster, featuring art he created especially for the SCTBF! Festival organizers believe Jon Agee has perfectly captured the essence of the 2018 Festival theme - Here’s An Idea! - with his whimsical poster illustration of the Kangaroo family reading books.

Learn more about Jon Agee on his website.


 

Q&A WITH Jon Agee

 

Q1: OUR THEME THIS YEAR IS HERE'S AN IDEA! WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE SPACE FOR PONDERING IDEAS?

JonThe couch. I lie on it (like a large, gelatinous creature), with a pen and pad of paper.

Q2: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL?

JonIn high school it was English and Art. In college it was Film.

Q3: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN TO DO?

JonPlay the piano.

Q4: WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR?

Jon: I always enjoyed writing and illustrating stories. I never planned to be an author or an illustrator, until suddenly, I was. 

Books


the wall in the middle of the book
life on mars
it's only stanley
little santa
lion lessons
mr putney
my rhinoceros
milo's hat trick
terrific
palindrome


Festival Testimonials

It was great to see children and adults alike interacting with the authors and illustrators.
I really liked the open interaction.
...I loved seeing how the artist does her drawing because I want to be an artist when I'm older.