Kevan Atteberry has been drawing since he was knee-high to a crayon. He parlayed his love of illustration into a career in graphic design; first with a Fortune 500 company and then with his own company for 18 years. During 5 years of that time, he also had a greeting card company.
Kevan’s greatest claim to fame was designing Clippy, the Microsoft Office helper, who could annoy hundreds of millions of people on a daily basis. He was a victim of several dotcom failures, but not before he was able to hone some animation skills where he realized sequential illustration is what he truly loved. And always had.
So, though he had been trying to break into the children’s book industry for years, he decided that he would concentrate wholly on that goal. He has illustrated a handful of books by a number of writers. Some won awards. Among them, the 2008 Children’s Book Council’s, Children’s Choice Book of the Year (K-2) for FRANKIE STEIN by Lola Schaefer and a Mom’s Choice award for TICKLE MONSTER by Josie Bissett. He has a new book coming out in September by Charlotte Gunnufson called HALLOWEEN HUSTLE ( http://tinyurl.com/halloweenHustle ).
Kevan is an EMu’s Debut because he had never sold a book he wrote. And even though he has illustrated books for others that have done very well, he doesn’t feel that they are truly his books. With the sale of BUNNIES! in a two book deal to Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins, maybe Kevan will finally wise up and feel like a real author. If not, we should collectively go over there and slap some sense into him.
If you want to see some of Kevan’s work, you can go here: http://kevanatteberry.com