Deconstructing Genius: Sendak, Steig, and Ungerer
with Jon Agee
Offered in partnership with The New York Public Library
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jon Agee is one of the most widely respected picture book artists working today. His mentors and champions were Maurice Sendak, William Steig, and Tomi Ungerer. Participants will learn lessons Agee was taught by these giants as he explains how words and pictures work together in Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, Steig’s Dr. DeSoto, and Ungerer’s Moon Man as well as other, more current, examples of the form. Agee will also discuss his own artistic process as he moves from initial story idea and rough sketches to rewrites and redraws to a final book dummy and the finished book.

Jon Agee is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children, including The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau, My Rhinoceros, Terrific, The Retired Kid, and most recently, the bestselling Little Santa. He has also written and illustrated a series of popular word play books, beginning with a book of palindromes, Go Hang a Salami! I’m a Lasagna Hog! His work has been published in The New Yorker and the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times. He was raised in Nyack, educated at Cooper Union, and lives in San Francisco.