School Visits / by abby hanlon

After finishing the artwork for Dory and The Real True Friend, I finally got to leave my house and visit some local schools.  I went to Brooklyn New School and PS 32 (Carroll Gardens), PS 295 (South Slope), and PS 15 (Red Hook).  The kids are awesome, they are great listeners, they ask the funniest questions, and their enthusiasm definitely fuels me.  The first graders at PS 295 made this welcome sign in the hallway, and also a huge poster of Dory in their classroom.

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I do a Powerpoint presentation to show the kids how I came up with the idea for the book, and my process of making a book. Here is a slide from the presentation.  (This is me when I was six years old, talking to my imaginary friend.)


I love getting letters and drawings from the kids after the visit.  This kid even created a space for me to put my phone number.

This one below is too adorable, "I like the silliness that you put into Dory Fantasmagory."