I filmed this video while out in the field at the Mpala Research Centre with elephant expert Sandy Oduor. We had just spent the morning identifying and counting elephants on the grounds when we came upon this migratory herd of about 30-40 individuals on the left side of the road, prev
Thundering trumpets, could it be?? HAPPY BIRTHDAY, elephant book!! Yesterday at approximately 8:03am, How to Be an Elephant was born into the world! With flapping ears and whiffling trunks the herd gathered to welcome the little 14.9-ounce newborn, and with her gorgeous print job and
A hand and an arm and a nose and a shower—an elephant’s trunk is like a Swiss Army knife of tools! With over 100,000 muscles crisscrossing its length, this appendage is a masterpiece of strength and dexterity. In this video, shot at the Sheldrick Ithumba Camp in Tsavo National Park, I
If you are what you eat, elephants are basically one big walking pile of acacia leaves. They eat other plants too, of course—some populations of elephants have hundreds of different greens to choose from—but the elephants that I met in Kenya loved acacia plants, enormous spikes and al
There are all of these little moments in my sketches that never make it into a final book, raw ideas that are loose and messy that capture the feelings or information I want to work into in a scene. Some are diagrams, some are page spreads, some belong in a future, unwritten project.
Holding your book for the first time is a little like meeting your newborn baby. After investing weeks or months (or even years) of work and worry, your heart is skipping about with joy. Look at you, amazing little thing that I made! You’re finally here! I wish my ears were big
Last week, I had the privilege of speaking to nearly 1,000 students about great white sharks and the process of making books. As always, I had a blast—school and library visits are among my favorite things—and as always, the students were armed and ready with an endless supply of exce