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Meet the Children’s Author: Richard Torrey
Hey there! Today we had a delightful conversation with Mr. Richard Torrey, who is the author and illustrator of a wonderful children’s book Ally-saurus & the First Day of School. Richard’s book is primarily a celebration of the incredible resilience and flexibility of children’s imagination. In this book, a little girl with a dino-sized imagination joins, and learns to get along with, other kids with their own particular styles on the first day of school.
In today’s episode, Richard chatted with Jed to share with us his latest release Ally-saurus & the Very Bossy Monster, a sequel to Ally-saurus & the First Day of School. Listen in as Richard talks about his book, How his book encourages children to stand up for themselves as well as others, His writing process creating Ally-Saurus & the Very Bossy Monster, and some fun facts about his book. Hope you guys enjoy the interview as much as we did recording!
Here’s more information about Richard Torrey
Richard Torrey is the author/illustrator of fifteen books and the illustrator of dozens more. For the better part of two decades, he has also been the creator of a top-selling line of greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings.
Born in Los Angeles, Richard began doodling as soon as he could hold a crayon. In third grade, he showed a picture of a horse he had drawn to the legendary comic strip creator, Charles Schulz. Schulz drew Snoopy on the back of the picture, inspiring Richard to follow a similar career path.
Torrey also spent time working with Disney on the development of an animated children’s series for their preschool division, Playhouse Disney.
Richard is on the faculty of The Art League of Long Island, where for the past 27 years he has taught classes in cartooning and anime/manga.
The son of Hockey Hall-of-Famer, Bill Torrey, Richard lives in Long Island, New York, with his wife and two children.
More about Ally-saurus & the Very Bossy Monster
What happens when a bossy new girl tries to make everyone play by her rules?
Ally-saurus is back—and ROARING louder than ever!
Ally-saurus and her friends always have lots of fun playing pretend. They stomp, they roar, they dance, each in their own way. But new girl Maddie wants everyone to play by HER rules. “Monsters can’t be dinosaurs or dancers,” she insists. Worst of all, she won’t let little Petey have his teddy bear! Can Ally-saurus help Maddie understand that bossiness is no fun at all? With charm and humor, Richard Torrey teaches a gentle lesson in respecting each other’s differences . . . and playing nice.
In this episode, you’ll hear
- Jed reading out an excerpt from Ally-saurus & the Very Bossy Monster
- What Ally-saurus & the First Day of School is all about. Richard shares the story line of Ally-saurus & the Very Bossy Monster and describes the main character of is book
- What inspired Richard to tackle the issue of bossiness in this book
- Jed & Richard discuss importance of Reading with your kids from a very young age
- Where can readers find out more about Richard?
- What other projects is Richard working on at this time and much more
- Jed also shares some great Words of Wisdom from our favourite author Tomie dePaola. Be sure tune in to catch all the fun!
Glad you all could join us for today’s guest interview! We hope you’ve enjoyed this interview and we look forward to introducing you to some great guests in our next episode.
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Finally, where can you find Richard & his books?
His website: www.richardtorrey.com
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