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Tracy Dockray

Tracy Dockray

TRACY DOCKRAY’s first picture book was Delia at the Delano, which was privately commissioned by Ian Schrager to celebrate the opening of his South Beach boutique hotel. She is also the new illustrator of the Beverly Clearly books from HarperCollins (cover and interior art). A native of Texas, she lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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  • The Tushy Book

    Here's a celebration of this squeezably soft body part, with humor and warmth that readers of all ages will relate to.

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1. What is your earliest memory of writing/drawing?
 
I liked to try to draw dramatic pictures of me, generally a stick figure, captured by Indians, being in a wheelchair, or being lost in the woods or some other dire situation from a story I was read.  Perfect practice for my “Grimm's Grimmest book."
 

2. What inspired you to write/illustrate your first book? 
 
An uncontrollable urge.  Who can say what inspires you to be hungry?
 

3. Do you use your childhood as inspiration? 
 
Absolutely and now my own kids or their friends provide current brush ups.  Being a good observer makes you a good writer and illustrator.
 

4. What books from your childhood have most influenced your work? What about adult titles? 
 
I really loved the line quality of John R. Neil in the original old Oz books.  Reading Maria Tatars hard facts of Grimms was what inspired the Grimm's Grimmest.  After making my way through those dark illustrations I have been happy to illustrate other writer’s works.
 
 
5. What are your hobbies and interests besides reading and books?
 
I used to enjoy riding my old English motorcycles.  There was always the element of surprise with them.  What would be around that bend in the road and would my motorcycle actually get me to my destination.  I also love relaxing with some Bach in the evenings at my piano.
 

6. What one or two words of advice would you give for young authors/illustrators? 
 
Draw or write all the time to hone your craft and DON”T GIVE UP!
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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

Snuggly Baby,Oh, so sweet.Love thoseBouncy Baby Feet! Who can resist Baby’s feet? In a gently humorous tale, follow along as Baby wakes up, gets...

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In this rollicking bedtime story, a sister and brother turn getting ready for bed into a fun-filled dance routine, from swirling in bath towels to tapping toothbrushes and swaying down the...

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The Lost and Found Pony

Tracy Dockray; Illustrations by the author

The pony is a dream come true for a little girl. But the dream shatters when he is taken from her. Though time passes as the pony makes the best of his new life in the circus, he never stops...

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A celebration of the body part some of us love, some of us hate, but we all use every single day—the TUSH!

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