- The format of this particular book (two stories, one told in images and one told in words) came to him before the actual plot specifics.
- His artistic process includes making not only storyboard-like sketches of each image that eventually goes into the finished book, but also (adorable!) little booklets of every image sequence with tiny thumbnail sketches, so he can get a feel for the flow of the drawings before he finalizes them.
- The final drawings he creates are 3x5 inches each, and are enlarged for the book.
It was such a pleasure to meet Brian and tell him in person how much I enjoy his work. I assisted with the Newbery-Caldecott banquet in 2008, when he gave his acceptance speech for the Caldecott medal. I told him I'm hoping to see him up there again next year for Wonderstruck!