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FIVE ON FRIDAY with Dan Burr

This week our FIVE ON FRIDAY guest is illustrator Dan Burr. Dan is the wonderful artist of several picture books, including the recently released PIRATES, which features poetry by FIVE ON FRIDAY favorite David Harrison. Dan can be visited on the web at

When did you know that you first wanted to be an illustrator?

When I was in college, our instructor introduced me to illustration as a profession and that’s when I knew I could do this. I immersed myself in the world of illustration and have never looked back.

What book, writer or artist do you feel influenced you the most?

The one book that changed things for me was Treasure Island, imagine that!

What book or books are you currently reading or have recently read you’d recommend to others?

Mostly I read manuscripts…but The Earth Is Enough by Harry Middleton… what a book!

If you could offer one piece of advice to aspiring writers (or illustrators), what would it be?

If you want to do this for a living, don’t give up and don’t take no for an answer, and be naive enough to believe that you can do this.

Can you share with us your next project or any information about the next book you’re working on?

I am working on several books but the one I am excited about is Cavemen a story about men and dogs.

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