Saturday, September 17, 2022

Middle Grade Ninja Episode 183: Illustrator Meaghan Tosi

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Meaghan Tosi and I discuss her career as an artist from stop motion filmmaker to illustrator to graphic novelist. We talk about her new books, DWEEDY and SQUASHED, and how she first stared in a movie version of the latter. She shares details about her artist workdays, her creation process, collaborating with her father, self-publishing experiences, freelance services, ghost sightings, and so much more.

Meaghan Tosi was born and raised in New Hampshire and earned a BFA from Laguna College of Art & Design. They illustrated the middle-grade novel "Six Thousand Doughnuts" alongside author Thomas Tosi, and created the graphic novels "Dweedy: The Imagined Adventures of My Deceased Cat" and "Squashed". They are currently continuing "Dweedy" as a graphic novel series and are illustrating the next book with Thomas Tosi, "The Curse of the Crummy Mummy". They now lives with their partner Daniel and many plants in Portland, Oregon, for the art scene, extraordinary hikes, and many neighborhood cats.

"A shiveringly good tale for ghost story enthusiasts who like happy endings."
—Kirkus Reviews

"Readers will fall for this spooktacular tale!"
—The Children's Book Review

Aah! Dude! It moved! I told you not to touch it!

Can the mysterious shuddering pumpkin the three kids found in the forest be alive? They’re going to find out when they lift it from its resting place and carry it home. But what happens if someone—or something—comes looking for it?

This evocative graphic novel is spooky yet ultimately gentle and charming. It presents a tale of unfounded fear of those who are different and the similarities we all share. Told in richly stylized full-color artwork from illustrator Meaghan Tosi whose previous work Kirkus Reviews praised as "delightful."

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