On growing up in Massachusetts, John Lechner has said, “Our house was always filled with art, music, and creativity. We wrote plays, formed poetry clubs, painted murals, planted gardens, kept rabbits, made puppets, and invented games.” So it only makes sense that John Lechner would immerse himself in a world full of creativity and imagination.
Readers can now experience one of the creations of John Lechner’s imagination: Burrwood Forrest, where a village of seed pods leads a busy life gathering food, building stick houses, and having extraordinary adventures. Introducing young readers to friends Sticky Burr and Mossy Burr, as well as to a bad seed, Scurvy Burr, Sticky Burr: Adventures in Burrwood Forest is a delightfully detailed, gently quirky graphic novel.
John Lechner’s first picture book was Froggy Fable, the tale of a solitary frog that becomes frustrated by the changing world around him. Birds, otters, and falling trees seem to invade his quiet pond. Only after an unexpected adventure does the frog realize that some changes aren’t as bad as they seem. “This story grew out of my own experiences with change,” John Lechner notes. “I hope readers will take away their own personal meaning from the story.”
While Froggy Fable was John Lechner’s debut story for children, it was by no means his first artistic endeavor. His pursuits involve creations in animation, music, multimedia design, and puppeteering. John Lechner has also teamed up with Judy Moody artist Peter H. Reynolds at FableVision Studios, a company founded by Reynolds. The two longtime friends work together to produce children’s software, films, and educational media, and the company is gaining worldwide recognition. “Peter and I have been collaborating for almost ten years,” John Lechner says, “and we both share a love of storytelling and fables.”
John Lechner is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and currently lives in Needham, Massachusetts.