Jeremy  Tankard

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Jeremy Tankard

“I get ideas by watching and listening all the time. I also keep a sketchbook and am constantly doodling and creating characters,” Jeremy Tankard says. Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa; Columbia, South Carolina; Hazard, Kentucky; and finally Knoxville, Tennessee, Jeremy Tankard, the son of a story telling father and a mother who oversaw libraries, was always surrounded by stories and inspiration for them. “When I was young my dad used to tell my brother and me stories in order to keep us from complaining during long walks in the mountains. Some of the stories were true, others were not; and as for the rest of them, we still don’t know whether to believe them or not.” Jeremy Tankard started writing and illustrating when he was still a child, despite his limited spelling capabilities. The early ones featured a pig family who had a series of misadventures. The only words in the books were Hallo, HALP!, and Bye bye. After studying drawing and printmaking at the Alberta College of Art and Design, Jeremy Tankard embarked on a career as an illustrator, his work appearing in magazines and ad campaigns including Time, the New York Times, Guitar Player, and the Boston Globe. Armed with his skills as an illustrator and his new and improved vocabulary, Jeremy Tankard returned to his real love: telling stories. Jeremy Tankard is the author of Grumpy Bird, for which he was nominated for the for outstanding children’s book illustration. His book Me Hungry! is about a Stone Age boy in search of a snack. Jeremy Tankard lives in Toronto with his wife, Heather, and daughter, Hermione, where he dabbles in music, loves Indian cooking, and skateboards.
 
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