"I have to tell you that we have had numerous authors visit our school and you were my favorite. I really enjoyed how you explained the process of writing and illustrating to the students. It was so eye opening to see the steps that are needed to create covers and illustrations for books. No one has ever taken the time to explain the amount of work that is involved as well as the rejections that you have to go through to acutally get published."
"I just had John Steven Gurney as visiting author/Illustrator. (Illustrator of A to Z mysteries, Bailey School Kids, Calendar Mysteries, author/illustrator of Dinosaur Train, and much more.) He had kids and teachers enthusiastically drawing from start to finish. He was among my most popular visitors ever. I highly recommend him."
"I can't tell you how much the students and staff enjoyed your presentations and luncheon. It isn't often they get to visit with or share their ideas with someone out of school. You have become a positive part of their life. Your presentation had so many lessons that apply to life, I know they will remember your words and drawings. Thank you for opening their imaginations and showing them possibilities."
"Thank you so much for your work today. The students really enjoyed your presentation. I really appreciate the perspective you gave them. I know it will impact their writing in a positive way.
"Thanks again for the assembly, the kids are still talking about it and enjoying seeing the drawings posted around the school!"
"Once again, many many thanks for coming to Griswold school! Our students (and teachers!!) GREATLY enjoyed your presentations!"
"I want to thank you for the great visit that you gave us. The kids loved you. It was really engaging."
"The discussion of how you wrote the book Dinosaur Train linked in with the curriculum where students must create their own creative narratives. When you talked about how the editor took words out of your story it linked to our editing standards in writing. The students loved the presentations and being able to pose for the drawings. They loved the fast drawings where they guessed what the picture was."
"I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful visit to the Ray School yesterday. I heard oodles of wonderful responses from the kids. The teachers especially appreciated how you walked them through the steps of illustration and how it takes perseverance to come to a final product. Great lesson for students to realize the amount of work behind the creation of books."
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