Really, what's not to like about Dallas Clayton's whimsically upbeat drawings? His cheerful, idiosyncratic creatures hop, skip and jump across the page (or computer screen), urging the viewer to Be Yourself, Make Magic, and Have Fun! Clayton's own story—he wrote a children's book called An Awesome Book!, after the birth of his son, self-published after being turned down by several major publishing houses and became an instant hit—is equally inspiring (as are his illustrated poems). He's now got a devoted international following and a three-book deal with HarperCollins, offering living proof to kids of all ages that if you work hard and believe in yourself, dreams really can come true. Which is, in a word, awesome!
graphic design by K Sarna