Friday, August 30, 2013

Robert J. Blake - Togo

2002 Barnes and Noble, Springfield, NJ...release of Togo the story who was part of a relay that carried a life saving serum to Nome, Alaska, having to run over 350 miles. Although Togo's team carried the serum for a longer distance than any other of the teams involved another dog received most of the credit. His name was Balto. Balto's team only carried the serum 35 miles, but brought the serum into Nome...

Robert J. Blake is a writer and illustrator who grew up in Springfield, NJ.. His first book illustration was for The Spiders Dance. Blake felt picture books were the most creative art form for him. He credits his experiences in working for newspapers learning the patterns of light and dark, with publishers learning about characters and creating art for odd shaped spaces...

Blake likes to travel to the locations of his stories, so he can write and paint where the story takes place, providing a touch of realism, while he tries to live each character as he develops them for his stories...

Other books written and illustrated by Blake include: Painter and Ugly (2011), Little Devils (2009), Swift (2007), Carousel Cat (2005), Fledgling (2000), Yudonsi (1999), Akiak (1997)...
Blake has also illustrated books for author other than himself: Dance of the Spiders (written by Joanne Ryder 1981), The Care Bears & the New Baby (written by Peggy Kahn 1983), Riptide (written by Frances Ward Weller 1990), The Angel of the Street written by Weller 1998) and many others..

Blake has received many awards for his work, and Togo alone has been awarded the TexasBluebonnet Award, Washington State Children's Choice Award, Great Lakes Great Books Award (Michigan), Golden Sower Children's Choice Award (Nebraska), North Carolina Children's Book Award, Land of Enchantment Book Award (New Mexico)....

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