Kids + Teens

Studio Tour: Behind The Scenes With Benjamin Chaud

Author and illustrator Benjamin Chaud invites us to visit his (former) charming Paris studio where he created many of the magical children’s books that delight young readers all of the world, from award-winning The Bear’s Song to the latest, Farewell Floppy and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School…  He Now Lives in the South of France.

My best ideas are inspired by what I see outside, so I go sketching in a café every morning. I can also work on trains and planes. This is the Cafe Chat Noir where I created The Bear’s Song. The palm tree in the corner inspired The Bear’s Sea Escape.

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I shared the workspace with illustrators Magali Le Huche, Roland Garrigue, Mélanie Roubineau and  graphic designer Malali Peretti. I’m inspired by images from other illustrators, books, friends and music when I work.

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The big table is from my mother who is an architect.

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This is where I draw…

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…and paint. I use gouache paints.

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I also work on my computer table to do the colors on some books.

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It’s important for me to have a window with trees outside to look at.

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And as you can see I never clean my desk.

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illustrations from I Didn’t Do My Homework Because…

See the magic that happened in this studio in two new books by Benjamin Chaud:

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Lara Starr

Lara Starr is Chronicle’s Senior Publicist for Children’s books, and the author of Wookiee Pies, Clone Scones and other Galactic Goodies, Ice Sabers, The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ Cookbook and Cookie Cutters Kit, and Chef Olivia™. Tell her you like her sweater and she’ll tell you exactly what she paid for it.
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