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Okay, let’s do this a couple of ways.

Long absurd

Short for real

Long for real

 

Long Absurd

Imagine your favorite author of all time. Now imagine their less talented younger brother. Now imagine Superman! Now imagine a dream date with all three.

Bob Shea is the coat check guy at the restaurant.

The coat check guy in question has written over a dozen picture books and it doesn’t look like he plans on stopping anytime soon.

Lane Smith illustrated one of his books. No lie.

Bob Has done work for PBS Kids, Nick Jr., Noggin, Playhouse Disney.

You know that PBS Kids spot where the pig runs around and eats things that begin with the letter “p”? Bob made that!

Bob met Al Roker. Yes, THAT Al Roker.

Bob has been in an elevator with Amy Sedaris, Tony Bennett and Denzel Washington. Not at the same time though.

Oh did I tell you that I, I mean Bob, met Fonzie? I/he did.

Bob enjoys speaking in the third person.

So this one time, Bob “found” a gigantic apple pie that no one was watching. He brought it home and his wife was like, “You can’t eat that pie, it’s gigantic!”

So Bob’s like, “Oh yeah, do you dare me?”

His wife is all like, “No, I don’t dare you, you will be so sick!”

Well, long story short, she was half right. Mostly about the sick part. But she will never doubt Bob’s pie-eating prowess again. So I guess Bob wins.

Bob lives in Connecticut with his pie-doubter wife Colleen and their son, Ryan. Bob and his wife make stuff together. Books, cards, screen prints and this one time, a kid.

Someone in the family has a hard time admitting they were wrong, I’m not saying who, but it’s Colleen.

That’s not good enough for you? Do you need a bio for a real thing?

 

Okay, here’s a short one.

Bob Shea has written and illustrated over a dozen picture books including the popular Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and the cult favorite Big Plans illustrated by Lane Smith.

His characters and animations have appeared on Nick Jr, Playhouse Disney and PBS Kids.

Bob spends his days writing, drawing and having “conversations” with NPR.

 

Okay here’s a longer one.

Bob Shea has written and illustrated over a dozen picture books including the popular Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and the cult favorite Big Plans illustrated by Lane Smith.

Little Brown, Hyperion, HarperCollins, Random House, Simon and Schuster and Dial have all published his work. They are all still in business.

Bob got his start at Comedy Central where he make up stuff and they went along with it. It was great.

His characters and animations have appeared on Nick Jr, Playhouse Disney and PBS Kids.

Bob spends his days writing, drawing and having “conversations” with NPR.

He’s lucky.

 

9 Comments

  1. Brett

    Bob, my son and I discovered your first book while potty training. That would be for my son. Funny, enlightening, but still delivering a message. Illustrations are simple but entertaining. As a parent, I enjoy reading and re-reading them generally several times a week. Oh yeah, reading them to my son. Maybe you/we could create a app where the dinosaur battles something……hmmm

    Looking forward to the next dinosaur battle :)

    -brett

  2. Racehl

    Love you Bob! And my two kiddies do too. =)

  3. Jonathan

    Bob, our son Everett reaches for your book all the time (Dino v. bedtime) and loves the bowl of spaghetti the best (he is only ten months so the visuals must stimulate him).

    We recently picked up Shark too and I have to say that as the reader of the books you make my life a lot more fun as well!

    Thanks!

    Jonathan

  4. Grace Fury

    Dear Bob

    Thank you your wonderful Dinosaur vs books my grandson Jackson just loves them. He reads them at home and when we go to the book store we ‘take a break’ and read them there too!. And of course when there is a sleep over he has his Dinosaur vs collection at Grammy Grace’s. We have just found out there is a dinosaur vs the library! So we are on the hunt for it, we call this our book adventure.
    Thanks so much for such fun books

  5. Hi Bob,
    Congrats on making Book Page and writing and illustrating Unicorn. Where did you study? What did you study? What advice do you have for a 15 year boy who wants to become an illustrator and/or architect as “back up plan”)?
    Thanks,
    Tiffany

    • bob

      Hi Tiffany,

      Thanks for the note.

      I studied graphic design at RIT.

      He has to love it. Not just drawing, but reading and writing also. He has to love ideas and the creative process. Go to a school where he can surround himself with like minded people. Art students, musicians, writers. They’re great influences.

      And draw. Draw, draw, draw.

      Develop a critical eye. Don’t just say, “I like this, I don’t like that.” You have to know why. Then be articulate in your opinion.

      That goes for illustrator, architect or any creative profession.

      bob

  6. Dear Mr. Shea,

    You state that your books are for really smart kids. I consider myself not that smart. May I still try and read your books? Which one do you think is the least challenging?

    Thank you for your patience.

    S.R.

    • bob

      Dear S.R.,

      Thank you for your interest in my career and in exploring the world of literacy.

      You know, although you may not fully comprehend the subtleties and nuances of all my titles, there is something in my books for everyone. Like colors and shapes.

      That being said, I am sympathetic to your dilemma. If you find nothing to your liking in my catalog, may I recommend some more suitable titles? From an esteemed colleague of mine?

      I think you will find what you are looking for here.

      http://www.ruzzier.com

      Have fun and happy reading!

      bob

  7. Kelly

    Dear Bob. Our mutual friend Ally introduced us to your books just about 4 years ago, when our daughter was born, and we absolutely LOVE them. Our favorite is BIG PLANS.
    Just wanted to say thank you for the laughs and all the fun we have reading them together.

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