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Spy Guy: The Not-So-Secret Agent Hardcover – Picture Book, May 12 2015

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Behind the scenes with Charles Santoso

The illustrator of Spy Guy shows us how he arrived at the perfect look for his stealthy title character.

Cover Progression

Cover Progression 1

I tried a few different Spy Guy poses before arriving at the right look for the jacket.

Cover Progression 2

Here's one with a sneaky Spy Guy.

Cover Progression 3

And one with a not-so-sneaky Spy Guy.

Final Cover

And finally, the image we decided to use for the final cover.

Character Sketches

Spy Guy sketches

With these early sketches, I was trying to capture some character poses from this stealthy little guy.

Spy Guy final art

Here he is. Now in color, these images of Spy Guy appear throughout the book.

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"Fluffy fun that promotes visual literacy and will make a positive addition to interactive storytime collections." —School Library Journal   "Santoso's art conveys broadly comical action, and his slightly retro palette and exaggerated cartoon style are well-suited to the undercover prowess Spy Guy seeks." —Kirkus   "Santoso’s crisp images and liberal use of white space keep the focus on domestic comedy...but it quickly turns into a tribute to savvy parental mentoring." —Publishers Weekly   "Santoso's wonderfully noirish illustrations make this book fun and engaging, as do Young's rhyme schemes and wordplay." —Booklist

About the Author

Jessica Young grew up in Ontario, Canada and now lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is an art teacher and writer.

Charles Santoso creates illustrations for books, animated feature films, and television commercials. His drawings and paintings have been exhibited in gallery shows in Australia, North America, France and Bulgaria. Charles lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Clarion Books (May 12 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0544208595
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0544208599
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 499 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 22.86 x 0.85 x 29.21 cm
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