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Anne E.G. Nydam

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Anne E.G. Nydam has been writing poems and creating imaginary worlds since the age of six. If asked at any point since then what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have answered, "a writer." Her love of language led her to major in linguistics at Yale University, but this was followed by an unexpected but delightful ten-year detour into teaching middle school art.
Ms Nydam is now a stay-at-home mother, artist, and writer. She lives with her family outside of Boston. She is a poor housekeeper, as is only natural in someone with so many more interesting hobbies to pursue.

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Anne E.G. Nydam The idea for The Extraordinary Book of Doors began with the title. While researching renaissance wood block prints I came across Sebastiano Serlio, an…moreThe idea for The Extraordinary Book of Doors began with the title. While researching renaissance wood block prints I came across Sebastiano Serlio, an architect whose 1551 volume of designs for decorative doorways is sometimes called in its English translation, "The Extraordinary Book of Doors." The moment I read that I pictured an ancient book full of doors that could become magical portals... Of course, that cart was well before its horse; I still needed characters, a setting, and a plot, but the inspiration was there!

Little tidbits of information often catch my fancy and get jotted down in case they might come in handy some day - for example, the Beetle Bulletin in "Kate and Sam and the Cheesemonster" was inspired by the statistic that one quarter of all animals alive on Earth right now are beetles - but "The Extraordinary Book of Doors" is the first time I've written an entire book inspired by one trivial snippet!(less)
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How to Be an Artist

Gratitude first, then curiosity spurred by wonder,Gathering beauty until it overflows.Precision spurs precision,Detail detail, light light.Polishing each facet of wonder,Place the world in a small silver settingAnd present it to itself.Pause often to let the beauty flow clear.Hush often to hear the silence fill up with silence.Yet never stop, for the pausing is work,The hushing is work,The wai... Read more of this blog post »
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It's the illustrations that make the book. They're lovely, both atmospheric and intricately detailed. I especially like the ones with cross sections. The story is pretty straightforward: magical crayon allows lonely child to enter fantasy world, have ...more
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The message of this book is that people (especially adults) often fail to take the time to notice and appreciate the beauty in the world around them. A boy and his mother pass a street musician and the boy wants to stop and listen but the mother make ...more
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This book features a rich and interesting magical world, including elements of steampunk (a magical clock and living clockwork animals), real history (the city of Prague and some characters, such as John Dee, are inspired by real history), and plenty ...more
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