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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

Growing Up Growing Were

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

- 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

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

Most Very Stories

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

- Chris Van Allsburg

Became Although Fantasies

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

- 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

Over Very Given

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

- 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

Journey Books Like

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

- Chris Van Allsburg

Memories Reading Very

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

- Chris Van Allsburg

Book Disappointed Always

I'm always a bit disappointed when I've finished working on a book.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Perfectionist Just Very

I'm not a perfectionist. I'm just very observant.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Head Still I Write

I write for what's left of the eight-year-old still rattling around inside my head.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Kind About Stories

I've heard stories about authors filled with this kind of Lotto-winner hubris. I'm a Dutch boy from the Midwest. We don't have hubris.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Art Think Making

I think most people agree there is a component of skill in art making; you have to learn grammar before you learn how to write.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Kind My Own Mostly

I sculpted for four or five years. Mostly for my own amusement, I decided to do a picture book, and that was kind of a turning point.

- 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

Mysterious Stories Often

My stories are often a little mysterious.

- Chris Van Allsburg

Rabbit Imagine Peter

Peter Rabbit's not a rabbit. Peter Rabbit is a proxy for the child who reads the book, and they imagine themselves in the rabbit's position.

- Chris Van Allsburg