Matt Phelan





Matt Phelan


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Matt Phelan made his illustrating debut with Betty G. Birney’s The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster). Since then he has illustrated many picture books and novels for young readers, including Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli (Dial), Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle (Harcourt), and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (Simon & Schuster) winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal.

Matt studied film and theater in college with the goal of one day writing and directing movies. But his first love was always drawing, and the more he saw the wonderful world of children’s books, the more he realized that this was the place for him. Being an illustrator is in many ways like being an actor, director, cinematographer, cos
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I was thrilled when editor Neal Porter sent Scott Menchin's picture book text What Are You Waiting For? to me. Written as a vague conversation between two unnamed (and undescribed) characters, Scott left a great deal to the illustrator which is a wonderful thing. Aside from the What of the title, I had free reign to come up with characters and business for each page and each question.

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Average rating: 3.88 · 20,234 ratings · 3,283 reviews · 29 distinct works · Similar authors
Snow White: A Graphic Novel

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Bluffton: My Summers with B...

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The Storm in the Barn

3.71 avg rating — 3,015 ratings — published 2009 — 2 editions
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Around the World

3.84 avg rating — 2,578 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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Druthers

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“As I always say: If you want to do it, you can do it. The question is: Do you want to do it?

―Nellie Bly”
Matt Phelan, Around the World

“I wish I were a rose...that you might wear me for a buttonhole bouquet on your journey. But I wonder...would you throw the rose away when it faded?”
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“Buster never cracks a smile. Ever. No matter what. That’s what really makes it funny.”
Matt Phelan, Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton

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