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Subject: David Catrow--Children's Illustrator
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: mountain1234-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 15 Aug 2004 20:02 PDT
Expires: 14 Sep 2004 20:02 PDT
Question ID: 388344
How do I get in touch with children's illustrator David Catrow.  Does
he have an agent, a website or a specific e-mail that is just for his
business?  Will he be on a book signing tour soon and if so, how do I
get that schedule?  I have a children's book that I would like to hire
him to illustrate.  Here's a web page to get started with--
That shows you who the guy is.  I have been trying to search the net
about him for quite some time.  Whenever you type in his name, comes up trying to sell you books, which does me no good.

Catrow is the illustrator of a popular book called, "Stand Tall, Molly
Lou Melon," and many many others.  I believe he lives in Springfield,
Ohio.  He used to work for the Springfield News-Sun.
Thank you in advance for your help!

Request for Question Clarification by joey-ga on 15 Aug 2004 20:13 PDT
Have you tried contacting his agent/attorney?

Keliher Literary Management
7481 Park Ridge Blvd., San Diego, CA 92120 
phone   619-583-3691


Clarification of Question by mountain1234-ga on 15 Aug 2004 20:52 PDT
Thank you for responding so soon.  I did not know who his agent was. 
That kind of answers my question.  If you can find any information
about Catrow that might help me get my foot in the door with him,
please let me know.

I am an unpublished author of children's books.  I'm trying to think
outside the box here on getting Catrow to illustrate my book.  Ever
since I saw his work in Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, I can't get it
out of my head that I need him to illustrate my children's series.

I'm not a stalker here:) I don't want his home address or phone
number.  I just know that it might be tough getting in touch with him
through his agent.  Do you know if he will be on a book signing tour
anytime soon or if he has a website?  Any other ideas?

Otherwise, you can consider my question answered and I thank you for your time!

Clarification of Question by mountain1234-ga on 15 Aug 2004 21:22 PDT
Here's another thought...If I can I find out something that he really,
really  likes that would be helpful.  That way I can send it with my
correspondence to his agent.
Subject: Re: David Catrow--Children's Illustrator
Answered By: joey-ga on 15 Aug 2004 21:59 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi there.

I wanted to check to see if you were already aware of that site with
his agent's information, otherwise I was planning to post it as

Keliher Literary Management
7481 Park Ridge Blvd., San Diego, CA 92120 
phone   619-583-3691 


Searching strategy: David Catrow illustrator agent

I did some additional searching, however, and found a site with some
of his political cartoons (yes, it seems he illustrates those too) --
and there's an email function to "SEND A MESSAGE TO THE  AUTHOR, OUR
EDITORS or CUSTOMER SERVICE" at the bottom of the page:

I'm not sure of the success you'll garner there, but it may prove
easier to get past that gatekeeper than his agent.

Searching strategy: David Catrow contact

I plan to call his agent tomorrow to see if he will be on any book
tours in the coming months, as tonight I could find nothing regarding
any tours for the unreleased books of his:
   Plantzilla Goes to Camp
   Wet Dog
   A Tree Named Steve
   I Ain't Gonna Paint No More
   Where Did They Hide My Presents?

If you would prefer that I not contact his agent (I am just going to
inquire about book tours), please let me know before around noon
Monday (Eastern Time).

Of somewhat positive information for you, he seems to be prolific with
his children's books -- so it may be easier to convince his agent (and
him) to work with you than if he were a more reclusive, occasional

And to reiterate one thing I mentioned above for which it is important
that you be aware: he is additionally a political cartoonist.  This
means from time to time there may be some controversy surrounding his
views and his illustrations.  In particular, there was a cartoon of
his from May of 2002 that earned more consternation than usual when he
drew (literally) a parallel between Nazi SS officers and Israeli IDF
soldiers.  I've had remarkable difficulty finding the cartoon (as his
publisher has removed it), but several articles and discussions

Please let me know if you have any additional questions (and if you
would prefer I not contact his agent regarding the book tours).

Good luck with your future project!


Clarification of Answer by joey-ga on 15 Aug 2004 22:21 PDT
Regarding his likes and dislikes, that quick interview/bio you found
went further than most anything else I could find.  It mentioned that
he enjoys nature and birds and has two children, one of which plays
soccer.  Elsewhere I found that he "often can be found in the company
of the family dog, Bubbs."

Unfortunately I've found nothing in-depth about what you're probably
looking for that you could send to him (favorite candy, favorite
authors, etc.)

Again, I wish you good luck in contacting him through his agent and/or
through that newspaper email link, and I will check with his agent
tomorrow regarding book tours.

Clarification of Answer by joey-ga on 16 Aug 2004 10:48 PDT
I spoke with his agent, and he mentioned that David Catrow hasn't been
on many book tours, but he does conduct them occasionally (he was in
Athens, Georgia in April for a literary festival and was "on the west
coast about a year ago".  He said, though, that it is the publishers
of upcoming books who generally arrange the tours and, as the agent,
he's not completely in the loop until they've been finalized with the
author.  He suggested checking Publishers Weekly from time to time to
see if any new books of his are coming out (or I suppose you could
check Amazon?) and then to contact the publisher of the new book.

He mentioned that James Carville's new book "Lu and Swamp Ghost" is
the next coming out.  I found that it is published by Simon and
Schuster.  I tried contacting them by phone, but they directed me back
to the feedback form on their web site (unfortunately), and I asked
there if there were any upcoming tours for Catrow.  It said I should
hear back in "3 to 5 days", but I don't remain terribly sanguine about
that.  If you have contacts with S&S, you may want to contact them

Good luck again, and I'll let you know if/when I hear back from S&S. 
I did find his agent trying to be helpful and pleasant . . . if you
call him and ask his procedures, I would imagine he'd be very willing
to work through the process with you.

Request for Answer Clarification by mountain1234-ga on 16 Aug 2004 11:28 PDT

I don't need any clarification, I just wanted to say thank you again.
You have gone above and beyond the call of duty!!!

Best Regards,

Jana Brooks

Clarification of Answer by joey-ga on 16 Aug 2004 11:36 PDT
Thanks again for the tip.

(We're required to respond to clarifications, so the question can be
finished after this response).
mountain1234-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Dear Joey,
You Rock!!! Thank you so much for the info and not trying to tell me
that it can't be done. I don't think that way and obviously you don't
either. Feel free to contact his agent and let me know what you find
out about book signings.  Thank you for the job well dont!!
I hope everything you want happens for you, too!



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