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Dusan Petricic

Duan Petricic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, but loved to pretend that he grew up in Zemun, an old city located just across the river (and now a part of Belgrade). As a boy he did all the forbidden things that children do, but what Duan loved most was to draw. He started drawing at age four and, encouraged by his parents, he never stopped. He found inspiration in everything, and drawing became a way to communicate with the people around him. Two books that were very important to his childhood were an old encyclopedia with lots of pictures and The Boys from Pavel’s Street by Ferenc Molnár. Early on, he was moved by the drawings found within the encyclopedia. As he grew older, he adored many artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer, and Picasso. Duan has been illustrating children’s books for many years. He has received numerous honors and awards for his work, in North America and internationally, including an IBBY Certificate of Honour and an Alberta Book Award for On Tumbledown Hill (Red Deer Press). The Longitude Prize (FSG) was selected as a Robert F. Siebert Honor Book for a Distinguished Informative Book for Children in the US. His beautiful, evocative illustrations for Mattland (2009) by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert garnered Duan the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award from the Canadian Library Association as well as the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. His illustrations for Better Together (2011) by Sheryl and Simon Shapiro were described as “sublime” by Kirkus Reviews. When it came time to reissue Robert Munsch’s Mud Puddle (2012), Duan was Annick’s first choice to reillustrate the classic. The results are a fresh and energetic look that will delight a whole new generation of young Munsch fans. Duan’s latest book, The Man with the Violin (2013), was greeted with rave reviews, including starred reviews in Kirkus and uill & uire. Written by Kathy Stinson, this beautifully evocative picture book tells the true story of world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, who conducted an experiment by anonymously playing his priceless violin in the Washington D.C. subway station. Luckily for Duan, his profession is his favorite hobby and he is happy when at work. To young artists he would give this advice: “Think, think, think, think, draw!” Duan lives in Toronto where he is a regular contributor as an editorial cartoonist in the Toronto Star.

Books by Dusan Petricic

Munsch Board Book Pack 2

by (author) Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko & Dusan Petricic

The Truth About Wind

by (author) Hazel Hutchins & Gail Herbert
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Mud Puddle (Annikin Miniature Edition)

by (author) Robert Munsch
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Classic Munsch Ultimate Collection

by (author) Robert Munsch, Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak & Saoussan Askar
illustrated by Michael Martchenko, Hélène Desputeaux, Dusan Petricic, Rebecca Green & Vladyana Krykorka

Bain de boue

by (author) Robert Munsch
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Bola de Mugre

by (author) Robert Munsch
by (artist) Dusan Petricic

Mr. Zinger's Hat

by (author) Cary Fagan
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

The Dance of the Violin

by (author) Kathy Stinson
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Un crayon cassé

by (author) Hazel Hutchins & Dusan Petricic

Zoomberry Board Book

by (author) Dennis Lee
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Zoomberry

by (author) Dennis Lee
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

La grosse patate

by (author) Aubrey Davis
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

SNAP!

by (author) Hazel Hutchins
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

InvisiBill

by (author) Maureen Fergus
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Ma grande famille

illustrated by Dusan Petricic

The Man with the Violin

by (author) Kathy Stinson
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Mud Puddle

by (author) Robert Munsch
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

My Toronto

by (author) Dusan Petricic
introduction by Rick Salutin

Wandering Wenda

and Widow Wallop's Wunderground Washery

by (author) Margaret Atwood
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda

by (author) Margaret Atwood
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes

by (author) Margaret Atwood
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Better Together

by (author) Simon Shapiro & Sheryl Shapiro
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Jacob Two-Two's First Spy Case

by (author) Mordecai Richler
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas

by (author) Cary Fagan
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur

by (author) Mordecai Richler
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

The Queen's Feet

by (author) Sarah Ellis
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

On Tumbledown Hill

by (author) Tim Wynne-Jones
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Mattland

by (author) Hazel Hutchins & Gail Herbert
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

My New Shirt

by (author) Cary Fagan
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

A Dangerous Engine

Benjamin Franklin, from Scientist to Diplomat

by (author) Joan Dash
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Bagels from Benny

by (author) Aubrey Davis
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

The Longitude Prize

by (author) Joan Dash
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Enormous Potato, The

by (author) Aubrey Davis
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Earthlings Inside and Out

A Space Alien Studies the Human Body

by (author) Valerie Wyatt
illustrated by Dusan Petricic

Bone Button Borscht

by (author) Aubrey Davis
illustrated by Dusan Petricic