SOURCE: Every Picture Tells a Story

May 04, 2007 21:01 ET

Award-Winning Author/Artist David Shannon at Every Picture Tells a Story on May 12

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 4, 2007 -- David Shannon, best-selling creator of the "No, David!" series, "Duck on a Bike" and other popular children's titles, will sign books and open an exhibition of his latest original artwork from his newest book, "Pirates Don't Change Diapers," at Every Picture Tells a Story, 1311-C Montana Ave., Santa Monica, Calif., on Saturday, May 12, from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. "It's exciting to be a part of such a major collection of famous illustrators and authors as the ones showcased at Every Picture Tells a Story. This gallery is the ideal venue for me to share my art and characters with everyone," said Shannon, a local Angeleno.

His book, "How I Became a Pirate" was a sales phenomenon and his new book, "Pirates Don't Change Diapers," is a sequel to that favorite. Several of Shannon's other books have received awards and honors: "How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball" was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, "The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza" was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, and "A Bad Case of Stripes" was a selection of the Junior Library Guild. "No David!" was the Caldecott Honor Book, which is an award granted by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of "the most distinguished American picture book for children." The sequel, "David Goes to School," was published in 1999. This series is based on Shannon's personal experiences as a child, and his namesake character, David, was created by Shannon when he was just five years old.

Shannon, who holds a degree in fine arts from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., has also illustrated several critically acclaimed books, including Julius Lester's "How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have?," an ALA Notable Children's Book, and Audrey Wood's "The Bunyans." His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone, and his artwork has appeared on numerous book jackets.

Among the foremost local cultural destinations in Los Angeles, Every Picture Tells a Story is considered the leading gallery dedicated to the art of illustration and children's literature from authors/illustrators like Shannon and many others. Owners Lee Cohen and Lois Sarksian represent renowned artists, including Maurice Sendak, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells, Chris Van Allsburg, Ralph Steadman and more. Some of Cohen's and Sarksian's pieces have been part of a traveling exhibition that launched at The Museum of Tolerance. Celebrity customers have included Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Harrison Ford, Allison Janney, Drew Barrymore, Joel Silver, JJ Abrams, and many animators and producers like James Cameron and Steven Spielberg. More information is available at www.everypicture.com.

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