Cartoonist Stephan Pastis Reads Debut Book to SFC Kids

On March 1, Stephan Pastis, a nationally syndicated cartoonist for his work on Pearls Before Swine, and the students at Bank Street School for Children were the first to read his debut book for young people, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.
Pastis visited the 10s/11s at the Bank Street School for Children, who asked Pastis first to draw Total, Timmy Failure’s 1,500-pound polar bear sidekick.
“I start with the nose,” he explained, taking a marker to a blank sheet of paper. Then he drew the circles for Total’s eyes, and told the students that the pupil is key. “If you place the dot in the center, it shows the character is focused,” he said. “You move the pupil back if you want him to look unfocused.” He wanted Total to appear as if “his mouth is always full” (in the book, he’s always foraging for food), and he gave the polar bear “tiny T-rex arms,” which made the students laugh.
Read more about Stephan Pastis’ visit on the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature Blog.

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