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Illustration Inspiration: Mike Lowery, The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo

The Children’s Book Review | November 14, 2016

Mike Lowery’s work has been seen in galleries and publications across the globe. He is Professor of Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta.

Latest published book …

The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo

Inspired by …

Travel, vintage synthesizers, coffee 

Art medium used …

Pencil, screen printing, digital

Artistic process …

I scan pencil drawings into the computer and color them digitally.

Favorite place to create & illustrate …

The best part about being an illustrator is that I can work from almost anywhere.  I primarily work in in my home studio that looks over our garden, but I also work whenever we travel.  A few months out of the year we stay in Völksen, Germany (where my wife is from) and I love setting up there, too. 

Most used art supply or tool …

A mechanical pencil.  (and my computer)

Illustrator idols …

Richard Scarry, Quentin Blake, Ed Emberly, Edward Gorey, Miroslav Sasek

All-time favorite children’s book you didn’t illustrate…

I am a Bunny by Richard Scarry

Currently working on …

A series of books that I have written and illustrated called The Doodle Adventures.  Book one is:  The search for the slimy space slugs!

Connect with Mike Lowery …

mikelowery.com | instagram


the-gingerbread-man-loose-at-the-zooThe Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo

Written by Laura Murray

Illustrated by Mike Lowery

Publisher’s Synopsis: Is there anything more fun than a class trip to the zoo? The Gingerbread Man and his classmates don’t think so, and they get to solve riddles on a WILD scavenger hunt. They meet giraffes, monkeys, and even a fox (especially scary for a Gingerbread Man!).

But a zoo full of critters is a tricky place for a tasty cookie—even a very fast one—and the Gingerbread Man ends up separated from his friends. He needs to solve all of the riddles to catch up with his class and help someone else who is lost.

I’ll be a detective. I know that I can!
I’ll solve all these clues. I’m the Gingerbread Man!

Animals galore and a trail of clues make the Gingerbread Man’s latest adventure his wildest one yet.

Ages 5-8 | Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers | 2016 | ISBN-13: 978-0399168673

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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