| Illustrator, writer|
University of Arizona
| Adam Rex|
| May 16, 1973 (age 42)
Dayton, Ohio, USA (1973-05-16) |
Role-playing games, Children's books
Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist, Cybils Awards for Fantasy & Science Fiction Middle Grade
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Picture Books
The True Meaning of Smekday, Frankenstein makes a sandwich, Chu's Day, The Dirty Cowboy, Tree‑ring circus
Tim Johnson, Mac Barnett, Neil Gaiman, Amy Timberlake, Greg Staples
Adam Rex (born May 16, 1973) is an American illustrator and writer of children's books living in Tucson, Arizona.
Adam Rex received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. He has contributed illustrations to Magic: The Gathering and other fantasy art and has illustrated several children's books. Adam has noted that his history with fantasy drawings initially hurt his entry into children's books. His first books, Tree-Ring Circus and Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, were published in 2006. Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich went on to become a New York Times best seller. Another picture book Pssst! and the illustrated novel The True Meaning of Smekday were published in 2007.
Adam received the Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist in 2005.
His first foray into illustration of children's books, 2003's The Dirty Cowboy, written by Amy Timberlake, received positive reviews, including from The Capital Times, which described Rex's work as "gorgeous... This is his first book, but you wouldn't know it from looking. His artwork has real resonance". The Santa Fe New Mexican wrote, "The consummate skill of Rex's illustrations combines with wit and knowledge of the physical and emotional terrain". The book, which is about a cowboy taking a bath, was banned at W.C. Andrews Elementary School in Texas in 2006 and by the Annville-Cleona School District in Pennsylvania in 2012. The ACLU report on the Texas incident noted that the "Principal did not want this book in the library."
His illustrations of the book The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity, written by Mac Barnett, were reviewed favorably by The Gazette's critic, noting "a lively set of endpapers."
DreamWorks Animation adapted The True Meaning of Smekday into the animated feature film Home (2015), starring Rihanna and Jim Parsons.
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