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Chris Van Allsburg

American,  Author
Total Quotes : 59
Questions Asking I See

At first, I see pictures of a story in my mind. Then creating the story comes from asking questions of myself. I guess you might call it the 'what if - what then' approach to writing and illustration.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Happen Like Tooth Fairy

As much as I'd like to meet the tooth fairy on an evening walk, I don't really believe it can happen.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Growing Up Growing Were

Growing up in the 1950s, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, boys were supposed to be athletic.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Most Very Stories

Even the most complicated stories start with a very simple premise.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Bed Violent Very

Brainstorming, for me, takes place in my bed at night between the time I turn out my lights and I finally fall asleep. It is not a very violent storm, but what's happening is I am just thinking about different ideas and maybe things I've seen that day that I think might make a good story.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Became Although Fantasies

As the years went by I became a writer and illustrator, although exclusively of fantasies.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Change Reason Pretty

Following my muse has worked out pretty well so far. I can't see any reason to change the formula now.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Journey Books Like

I don't like to travel. Yet all my books seem to involve a journey.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Perfect Shape Like

I am never really surprised at the way my books take shape. They are just not as perfect as I'd like them to be.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Over Very Given

Authors of books are not given very much control over the films that are made from their books.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Memories Reading Very

I have very positive memories of reading biographies of unusual Americans as a child.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Always Very Draw

As long as I can remember, I've always loved to draw. But my interest in drawing wasn't encouraged very much.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Book Arresting

A good picture book should have events that are visually arresting - the pictures should call attention to what is happening in the story.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Love Through Stoop

I love the idea of a tiny window between the back stoop and the pantry, where the milkman would pass through the cheese. But of course, there is no milkman anymore. So somebody coming by the house and seeing the window would say, 'Oh, that must be original, because that's where the milkman passed the cheese through to the pantry.'

- Chris Van Allsburg

Mysterious Stories Often

My stories are often a little mysterious.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Alive Images Thrilling

The general effect of viewing 'Jumanji' is thrilling. I was able to see on film a thing that at one point had only existed in my imagination. I got to see the images from my book come alive.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Garden About Wrote

I was about 28-29 when I wrote my first story, and that was called 'The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.'

- Chris Van Allsburg

Images Same Time Often

People have asked me a lot, 'What comes first? The pictures or the story? The story or the picture?' It's hard to describe because often they seem to come at the same time. I'm seeing images while I'm thinking of the story.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Work Working Eager

If I'm not working on something, I'm eager to work on something because it's so gratifying.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Reality Meant Surreal

My ideas are not meant to suggest dreams or reality, but a surreal quality.

- Chris Van Allsburg