Why do you draw famous people with big heads?
I hope it makes kids laugh. I tell them you don't need a big head to be famous but it helps.
Did you want to be an artist and writer when you were young?
I've always loved drawing and writing but I never thought I was very good. In high school I had a teacher who gave me encouragement, so I took art classes in college and spent the next 15 years trying to find a way to make my living as an artist.
What was your most unusual job?
I lived in London, England for a couple of years and worked at an antique china repair shop. I repainted china and porcelain and some of the pieces were over 1,000 years old. I loved living in London and spent most my free time visiting the art museums and libraries.
Why did you choose to write and illustrate children's books?
Three of my favorite things are books, painting, and writing, and in 1980 I decided to combine all three and work on children's books. I guess the only job that I might possibly like better would be getting paid to eat popcorn and watch movies.
What is one of the best parts of the job?
I'm writing my own stories again, but I've loved illustrating stories for other writers like Kathleen Krull and Eve Bunting. Their books are perfection and it's fun to work with them. The other great part of this job is meeting inspiring teachers and librarians--and the kids are quite a hoot, too.
What are some of your favorite books?
I love James Marshall and Harry Allard's books, and everything by Roald Dahl, Inga Moore, Florence Parry Heide, and Nicola Bailey.
Kathryn Hewitt has illustrated more than twenty books, four of which she also wrote. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband, two children, and their dog and cat.