Dušan Petričić - Author/Illustrator

Dušan Petričić

Duýan Petričić is an award-winning children's book designer and illustrator whose books include Bagels from Benny, The Enormous Potato and In the Tree House. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

May 10th.

Where do you live now?
Toronto, Ontario.

When did you start drawing?
When I was four.

What is your favorite book?
The Boys from Pavel's Street by Ferenz Molnar.

Do you have any pets?
Yes! A cat.

What is your favorite hobby?
Watching movies.

How did you get involved with children's books?
When my first son was born I started thinking about a new, fresh and different approach to children's books. Soon after that I got the opportunity to illustrate my first picture book.

Do you have any tips for young creators?
Think of what kind of book you missed during your childhood and try to create something like that.

What is the thing you like the most about creating kids' books?
The feeling of playfulness.

How do you research or create your illustrations?
It depends on the project, but thinking about the concept is the most important part of the creation for me.

Where do you get your ideas?

What materials do you work in? What is the difference between different materials?
Pencil, ink and watercolors are my favorite media. Different stories and different concepts require different materials.

What's your greatest childhood memory?
Discovering and widening the world and space around me.

When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
A sailor.

What is the weirdest or most interesting job you've ever had?
I am still thinking about and preparing myself for that.

Bagels from Benny

2005 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2004 - Canadian Jewish Book Award, Winner
2004 - Toronto IODE Book Award, Winner
2004 - International Book Awards, The Society of School Librarians International, Short-listed
2004 - National Jewish Book Award, Short-listed
2004 - Mr. Christie Book Award, Runner-up
2003 - Sydney Taylor Book Award, Winner
2003 - Best Bets, Ontario Library Association, Winner

Bone Button Borscht

1998 - IBBY Honour List, illustration, The International Board on Books for Young People, Winner
1997 - Tiny Torgi Literary Award, CNIB Library for the Blind, Short-listed
1997 - Junior Library Guild Selection, Winner
1996 - Book Design Award, Alcuin Society, Winner
1995 - Notable Canadian Fiction for Children, Canadian School Library Association and Canadian Association of Children's Librarians, Winner

In the Tree House

2014 - Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2014 - Shining Willow Award, The Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award, Short-listed
2014 - Jean Throop Book Award, Municipal Chapter of Toronto IODE, Winner
2014 - Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2014 - TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, CBC Fan Choice Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards, Winner
2013 - Book of the Year 2013: Books for Young People, Quill & Quire, Winner

My Family Tree and Me

2015 - Best Bets Picture Book, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2015 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

The Enormous Potato

1999 - Palmares des livres preferes des jeunes (Children's Favourite Books), Communication-Jeunesse, Winner
1999 - Parent's Guide to Children's Media Award, Winner