Profiles In Awesomeness: David Gardner

Illustrator extraordinaire David Gardner and I have been pals ever since our book Sarah Gives Thanks was first published in 2012.

Remember her?

He and I live about 1,000 miles apart, so we’ve never met face to face, but we are friends nonetheless—often emailing, occasionally phoning, and annually exchanging Christmas cards.

Perhaps most awesomely, we send each other our latest children’s books.

One of David’s more recent efforts is a picture book biography of the great songwriter Irving Berlin. I highly recommend it. Leslie Kimmelman’s story is fantastic and, as always, David’s illustrations are a sight to behold.

Take a look!

Berlin as a young man singing in a saloon…

Berlin composing songs to improve wartime morale…

And look at this amazing page depicting the exhilarating hubbub of the Lower East Side!

Isn’t it cool?

Wait. Hold on.

That last illustration…

I think I…

I think I saw something…


I have been immortalized!

Thank you so much, David!

And keep your eyes peeled, my friend. Someday, when you least expect it, I shall return the favor!

37 Replies to “Profiles In Awesomeness: David Gardner”

      1. You’ve done extensive research? Are you sure? When were waffles invented and how? Who came UP with that ingenious food???

  1. This is SO incredibly cool, I, too, GASPED! Wow, Mike! 😀 😀 😀 And David’s work is absolutely stunning. Thanks SO much for sharing (which, I, by the way, will now do on TWITTER…you know, that place you still haven’t shown up on! :-p). Seriously…LOVE this 😀

  2. I love to see picture books about famous musicians. Good introduction for children. Love David Gardner’s illustrations are warm and inviting. Love how he honored your friendship! Cool!

  3. I commented, and then it disappeared. At least I think that’s what happened. Perhaps I’m hallucinating. Perhaps I’m in awe of your immortal self. Perhaps I need to pack it in for the night. Will def take a look at this book.

  4. Wonderful illustrations and your name in lights! Well, not in lights exactly, but on a marquee. Well, not a marquee exactly, but above an Awning! And you have the perfect musical name for a book about Irving Berlin. 🙂

  5. This is super cool, Mike! I also think the book and illustrations look great! I love it when kids can learn something from a story book.

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