I BOOK ORDERING
O'Malley was in the fourth grade when he decided to illustrate
books for children.
punishment for acting out in class, Kevin was often sent to the
library for a "timeout." Resigned to his fate, he grudgingly
started to leaf through a pile of picture books. There were pictures
of cute little ponies, cute little puppies, and cute little children
with smiling parents beaming behind them. Yuck, yuck, and double
yuck! Then, just when he thought he would fall off his chair and
die of cuteness, Kevin came upon a picture of a boy in a wolf
suit who was threatening to eat his mother. In another picture
he was chasing his dog with a fork. This was somebody Kevin could
relate to. He kept reading as the boy cavorted through the forest
with big hairy monsters. Kevin loved it! The book was, of course,
Where the Wild Things Are. From then on, Kevin wanted
to illustrate children's books. Not cute children's books, but
books for kids like him.
has a wild sense of humor and it comes through loud and clear
in his books. In 1992, he made his children's book debut with
Froggy Went A-Courting, based on a well known folk ballad.
That same year (1992), he wrote the text and created the art for
Bruno, You're Late for School, an amusing tale of a young
boy rhinoceroses whose mighty sneeze launches his homework out
of his apartment window. Both books have delightful full-page
colored pencil drawings.
has illustrated books written by other writers, such as Cinder
Edna, Big Squeak, Little Squeak, and Chanukah
in Chelm and has worked in animating multimedia displays
for clients including the Smithsonian Institution. His latest
books range from nonfiction to outrageous humor. He has always
loved drawing and shares his enthusiasm with kids in the talks
he gives at schools.
lives in Baltimore,
with his artist wife and two sons.
His Own Words
been written of me that I could be found "crouched over my
drawing table chuckling with maniacal glee and emitting little
snorts of guilty laughter." I've been accused of inspiring
more mirthful moments than any author has a right to. And, yes,
I am guilty of a raucous personality that demands attention. Humor
owns me. Whether I'm writing or illustrating a new book, or doing
a school presentation, it's the humor that grabs my audience and
tells them: I'm one of you. I find life funny too!
thirteen books that I've authored and illustrated, and twenty
more that I've brought my zany style and quirky color and texture
to, I still yearn for the taste of new fun and the dribble of