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“Please don’t think of yourself as an underdog,” Lou Harrison wrote Charlip in 2000. “…you are very famous, much loved and admired big time. This makes you an Overdog, you know.

With my picture books becoming best-sellers and receiving grateful appreciation form a large number of librarians, book-sellers, parents, and children, I have had to re-evaluate my work and add to my self-image of dancer, choreographer, costume and set designer, one of educator and picture-book artist and writer as well.

“Artists have to take courage in each other. What they’re doing will eventually save somebody’s life. Literally. The physical and emotional life. The intellectual life. Artists can keep someone from being depressed or give you an idea about how to live your life in another way. That’s the thing I want us to remember.”

All my life I’ve taught that each person is unique, living their own version of an artist-dancer-writer-singer-painter-musician. One way for me to share that special balancing act with others is to take each art separately and present it as simply as possible, without the hocus-pocus and snobbery, so that everyone can see how it’s done.

Charlip was the model for illustrations of Georges Méliès in the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, written and illustrated by Brian Selznick.

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