has been drawing pictures and writing stories for as long as he can remember. When he was caught drawing pictures on his desk in second grade, his teacher made him clean all the desks in the classroom. She suggested that he might be an artist someday. He won a Read Magazine Young Writer's Award in 7th grade, and that inspired him to write stories to go with his art. In college he decided to become an illustrator for a living and he has been creating artwork ever since. His artwork has been seen in almost every publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. He has won over 50 major awards from such organizations as Communication Arts Magazine and the Society of Illustrators. He has been an adjunct professor of art at the University of Arizona, he loves to restore classic cars, he pilots all kinds of airplanes, and he even spent 4 years as a professional stand-up comedian.
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book 2009 (Dinotrux)
Kirkus Best Children's Book 2008 (Mars)
Borders Original Voices nominee 2006 (Dear Fish)
Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book list 2004 (America the Beautiful)
Communication Arts Magazine -- Multiple Awards of Excellence, almost every year since 1988
Print Magazine Design Annual Awards (multiple)
Art Directors Club of New York Award of Merit (multiple)
Society of Illustrators -- An exhibitor in the prestigious annual show almost every year since 1987
Society of Newspaper Design Award of Excellence
Horizons of Flight juried Aviation Art Exhibition
Spectrum Fantastic Art Annual (multiple)
America the Beautiful (2004, Little, Brown ISBN 0-316-73743-7). A critically acclaimed homage to our nation's most revered hymn. Chris is the great grand-nephew of Katharine Lee Bates, the poem's author. A Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book of 2004.
Dear Fish (2006, Little, Brown ISBN 0-316-05847-5). When young Peter Alan invites all the fish in the sea to come visit him someday, they arrive in unexpected and hilarious ways. A 2006 Borders Original Voices Children's Picture Book finalist, 2008 Grand Canyon Reader Award nominee, and a Child Magazine best pick of 2006.
There's Nothing To Do On Mars (2008, Little, Brown ISBN 0-316-16684-7). When Davey Martin and his family move to Mars unexpectedly, Davey and his robotic dog must set out to find something to do. His enthusiasm leads to the discovery of Mars' oldest secret. Starred review from Kirkus.
Dinotrux (Spring 2009, Little, Brown ISBN 0-316-02777-9). Millions of years ago, the earth is ruled by the primitive ancestors to today's modern trucks. Crack, munch, look out caveman, or you'll be lunch! Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and School Library Journal. A 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book. Currently in development by at DreamWorks as a 3D animated feature film
Substitute Creacher (Spring 2011 Little, Brown, ISBN 978-0316089159) The troublemaking students of Ms. Jenkins' class arrive at school one day to discover a substitute creacher has come to put a stop to their monkey business! He regales them with mind-boggling stories about his former students who didn't follow the rules: Keith the glue-eater, Zach the daydreamer, and Hank the prankster, to name a few. But even this multi-tentacled, yellow-spotted, one-eyed monster's cautionary tales about the consequences of mischief-making can't seem to change the students' wicked ways until he reveals the spookiest and most surprising story of all: his own.
Revenge of the Dinotrux (Spring 2012 Little, Brown, and Co. 2012 ISBN 978-0316132886) Millions of years ago, DINOTRUX ruled the earth. But in the present day, people rule them! Their rusty fossils have spent decades stuck in a drafty museum surrounded by screaming kids, and now they're ready to break out and let off some really old steam.
HONNNK!!! DINOTRUX ARE ON THE LOOSE!
Awesome Dawson (Spring 2013 (Spring 2013 Little, Brown and Co. ISBN-10: 0316213306
ISBN-13: 978-0316213301) EVERYTHING CAN BE USED AGAIN! That's Dawson's motto. He collects junk that people throw away and turns it into something STUPENDOUS. But when Dawson uses his skills to create a machine to do his chores for him, he discovers he might have invented something a little too... AWESOME. Can he stop the rampaging robot before it destroys the entire town?