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Go on location with Jim Harris and see how to develop a central character for the Cajun fairy tale Petite Rouge.

Petite Rouge


See the adorable puppy characters that fill another Jim Harris’ wiggly-eyeball book.  Ten Little Puppies who can’t seem to stay out of trouble!  New 2009!

Ten Little Puppies


Jim Harris gives tips for young artists from Jack and the Giant. Funny insights about the process of writing and illustrating a book for children.

Jack and the Giant


Jim Harris gives painting tips from Three Little Dinosaurs.  Information for art students -- about how to use acrylic and oil paints and about cleaning your paintbrush!

Three Little Dinosaurs


Jim explains more about the job of illustrating a picture book.  Details about creating art for a novelty book from the best-selling children’s title, Ten Little Dinosaurs.

Ten Little Dinosaurs


Jim Harris gives pointers on creating vibrantly colored children’s illustrations in a little talk about the use of saturated and unsaturated colors in the Southwestern fractured fairy tale Tortoise and the Jackrabbit.

Tortoise and the Jackrabbit


Illustration techniques for students from The Trouble with Cauliflower.   Tips for young artists about how to use texture in illustrations for children’s book paintings.

The Trouble With Cauliflower


Art tips from The Three Little Javelinas.  Jim Harris tells about the jokes illustrators play with their young readers and tells the stories behind some of his most famous picture-book characters.

The Three Little Javelinas


Illustration advice by artist Jim Harris from the book  The Treasure Hunter.  Jim gives tips for art students about using overlapping to make paintings and drawings look realistic.

The Treasure Hunter


Dinosaur's Night Before Christmas, a holiday story as told by Jim Harris - the perfect Christmas gift for dinosaur lovers

Dinosaur's Night Before


So, if I become a children’s book illustrator… what kind of people will I be working with?  Read Jim’s answer to this important question in his discussion of the humorous picture book, The Bible ABC.

Bible ABC


Jim Harris shares illustration techniques from The Three Little Cajun Pigs.  Learn how to illustrate a picture book using visual rhythm and diagonal lines.

Three Little Cajun Pigs


Tips by illustrator Jim Harris about using parody in children’s books, based on the Southwestern title, Slim and Miss Prim.  Thoughts for creative students about illustrators’ spelling woes, too!

Slim and Miss Prim


Jim Harris tells about starting out in a career as an illustrator.  Funny stories about life as a ‘starving artist.’

Towns Down Underground

Jim Harris Talks About Illustrating…

Ten Little Kittens, by Marian & Jim Harris.  The counting book for cat lovers!

Ten Little Kittens

Do you like kittens?

Well, I do too!  And I had a blast illustrating this book.  (Except for the night I tried to work straight through and fell asleep on the couch in my studio!)

There are kittens getting into mischief on practically every page…  (which isn’t really my fault!!!  I just illustrated what Marian wrote!  I know that kittens would NEVER actually DO this kind of stuff.)    Uh… would they??


It’s hard to choose, but if I had to pick my favorite kittens from this book, I think I would say…

I especially like Mr. Calico Cat…

The Calico Kitten plays checkers with his friend, the mouse.

And Mr. Engineer Kitten…

One little kitten… of no particular ethnic distinction… playing trains with a little mouse.

And the Scottish Fold Kittens climbing on the Loch Ness Monster!

Scottish Fold kittens, with their cute folded-down ears, giving Nessie a hearty welcome. Art from Ten Little Kittens, by Marian & Jim Harris.

Also the kitten at the zoo!  (But I can’t show you that one… it’s top-secret!)

There are a lot more … 

So, if you know a kitten who keeps getting into trouble, you should buy this book and read it to him or her.  I think he/she would really enjoy it.


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