Cut & Dried

When Kids Discover magazine asked me to illustrate the process by which a wound heals, I pretty much knew how I wanted to approach it. The only thing that plagued me was how to replicate the whorled pattern of fingerprints—until I uncovered some old topographic maps. If you look closely, some of the elevation callouts are still visible. And of course, no illustration is complete without the occasional pun. Click for a larger image… (Text © Kids Discover Skin)

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Just Don’t Step In It

Electricity from cow poo? Done. But don’t take my word for it. Google Green Mountain Dairy.

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Hit or Myth?

I was asked to illustrate an article for kids on how to write about mythical creatures, which is a great assignment. Mostly because mythical creatures are just that, and cannot be misrepresented. Woot!

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A 4th of July message

Unlike spacecraft that use fuels to produce thrust, model rocketry borrows its propulsion system from centuries-old fireworks (the most popular being aerial shells) that use black powder in a (more or less) controlled explosion. Whatever your reason for igniting something this weekend, play it safe and play it smart. You will need your fingers for other things. For more information on Space for kids, visit Janet’s Planet on Facebook.

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Alley had long suspected her orthodontist’s assistant was a little off. After all, what kind of job is that?  Talking to kids with crooked teeth while their mouths are opened and they’re practically upside down. And the kids can’t even use consonants when they talk to her because her hands are in their mouths. Did the woman study that language in school? What is it, Vowelish?

An image from the Math With A Laugh series by Paula Poundstone and Faye Roupp (Heinemann Publishing).

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What defines a planet?

For an object to be called a planet, it must orbit the sun and be at least one thousand miles across. This dimension allows gravity to shape the planet into a spherical body. See more current information in the Planets issue of Kids Discover.

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What’s in a Name?

I’ve always believed that everything can be renamed, according to its purpose. This image is from Great Games by Williamson Publishing, a great kids book on gaming activities of all kinds.

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