5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview: Michael Rex

When I was a kid my dad was a long haul truck driver. He would be gone from 4-10 days at a time. Each summer I would spend a handful of days with him in his rig traveling the country. One of my favorite things about his job was when he would bring the truck to school. All my classmates got to move through the truck and check out its amazing features.

I fondly remember the days when my dad was a trucker. When I first saw With Any Luck, I’ll Drive a Truck my heart was taken back to riding around in a big rig listening to the Beach Boys. I’m very confident that kids are going to dig this one. Trucks are awesome (so is this book)!

I’m excited to share my interview with illustrator Michael Rex. He did a wonderful job with his illustrations in With Any Luck I’ll Drive a Truck.

5,4,3,2,1 Interview

5. Can you tell us a little bit about With Any Luck, I’ll Drive A Truck?

It’s a really fun rhyming book about a little boy who grows up loving trucks that was written by David Friend, and illustrated by me! I spent many hours researching the trucks to make them as accurate as possible. When I could, I took pictures of real vehicles at construction sites and parking lots. I wanted to give the readers as much information about trucks as I possibly could in the drawings. The three little stuffed animal friends that the child has in the book were inspired by seeing real stuffed animals tied to the fronts of trucks.

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4. What’s the hardest part of being an illustrator?

The drawings in this book are very detailed, and time consuming. While I love to draw, as I get older, the long days spent at my draft table are harder to get through. There are so many things I want to write about, or other things that I want to draw, that I sometimes have a hard time focusing. But in the end, all of the hard work is worth it.

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3. What advice do you have for the young creators in my classroom?

Try to do things the way you think they should be done, even if you end up being wrong. Your main goal as an artist is to put something unique and individual into your art. If you are only thinking about what others expect you to do, you’re not being true to your work.

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2. What is best part about being an illustrator?

The best part of being an illustrator is seeing an image in your head and being able to get it onto paper without too much struggle, or too many mistakes. That, and listening to music all day long.

1. If you could spend one day living in the world of a book, which book would you pick?

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams!

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