It’s no secret my love for Workman Press’ Indestructibles runs deep. I’ve mentioned them in several posts, one of which garnered the attention of Indestructibles illustrator Jonas Sickler. Obviously, getting Jonas Sickler’s attention with my blog that mostly only my grandma reads was a career high for me.
Jonas Sickler is a super talented illustrator. His illustrations have appeared in numerous children’s publications, including Cricket and Cicada magazines. Jonas’ work has also been in The Land of Nod catalog. Below are a few other facts you may not know about Jonas and some fun intel about the Indestructibles he has illustrated.
And the best news? Jonas Sickler’s books are less than $5 on Amazon!
An Interview with Jonas Sickler
How did you start writing Indestructibles?
I stumbled upon Indestructibles somewhat by chance. I had just written and illustrated a book called “Pup Says Ruff” about baby animals and some sounds they make, and I was shopping it to publishers when I came across Workman. They loved my book dummy, but had just published the mama and baby series of Indestructibles, so they didn’t want to do another round of books that was so similar. Instead, they offered me a 3-book deal for the nursery rhyme series. They gave me a very tight deadline of 2 months from sketch to finish, and when I was done, they gave me another set of 3 to do. So, while I’d like to think that I got these books based solely on my talent, luck played a major role.
Have you written any other books?
I have written numerous other books and none were ever published. It’s hard to say if it was the story, the art, or the timing that was off. Some books were rhyming, some were cute, and some had the sound and imagery of Ezra Jack Keats. I still believe that I could have had several more published if I had more wind in my sales.
Well, I certainly hope you do get more published. I think it is a lot about timing… I know a great editor at Penguin I could introduce you to!
What is your favorite children’s book to read with your little ones?
I love reading an old Little Golden Book to my 7-year-old called Donald Duck, Instant Millionaire. My grandma used to read it to me every night when we’d go visit them in Wisconsin each summer for 2 weeks. She had the best story voice. I think of her every time I read it.
Grandma story time is the best. I still love Curious George because it reminds me of my grandmother. Thanks for sharing your artwork and a little bit about yourself.