Very readable autobiography, told in a manner quite similar to the author's storybooks. It tells the broad arc of his life up until his full-time career as book author/illustrator, without getting bogged down in the minutia of his long publishing career.
Accidently took this book out, but really glad I did because I learned to appreciate so much more the hard work that went into the amazing stories of Bill Peet.
He was an author of humble beginnings. Grew up with two brothers, single parent house hold, like many young boys was fascinated with trains, and loved animals. He had a vivid immagination and loved to draw. But never considered it a career option until much later in his high school and university years. He eventually got a job at Disney, and I was surprised to learn the many contirbutions that he made to so many of our favourite Disney movies such as Snow White, Pinnochio, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland and more. Then he left Disney to pursue writing stories for children, since his own two sons enjoyed his stories so much.
I was really surprised how much Bill Pete contributed to my childhood and I was surprised to learn how much he had to struggle to do so. Very happy he did though. Thank you Bill Peet!
In 1937, a young storyboard artist at Disney Studios got sick and tired of drawing Donald Duck over and over and stormed out, hollering ?NO MORE DUCKS! NO MORE LOUSY DUCKS!? That artist was Bill Peet (1915-2002), beloved children?s author of The Gnats of Knotty Pine, Chester the Worldly Pig, and Buford the Little Bighorn, and that anecdote is one of many that he relates in his self-titled autobiography. Peet got his start at Disney, becoming a lead story man for classic films like Dumbo, Cinderella, The Sword in the Stone, and 101 Dalmatians before his own career as a children?s book author finally brought him, fame, fortune, and artistic freedom. Peet tells his life story in pictures and words?his artistic creations dance across every page as he chronicles his childhood during the Great Depression, his storyboard presentations for the great Walt Disney, and his own studio where he wrote and illustrated his books. The insight into the workings of Disney productions is revealing and entertaining and Peet always has a sense of humor about whatever life throws his way. As engaging as one of the author?s own storybooks, Bill Peet: An Autobiography is a delightful portrait of an artist at work
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