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'Bad Kitty' Author Nick Bruel Sparks Creativity In Briarcliff

Author and Illustrator Nick Bruel explains to Todd Elementary School students how he develops stories.
Author and Illustrator Nick Bruel explains to Todd Elementary School students how he develops stories. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIARCIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Nick Bruel recently spoke with Todd Elementary School students about how he develops stories.

During the discussion, Bruel, who is best known for his popular "Bad Kitty" book series, revealed he gets his ideas for stories by thinking of the titles first.

According to Bruel, thinking of a story title helps his brain come up with the story. He also shared that “the secret to writing stories is to always ask yourself questions.”

Students put these ideas into practice by creating a story together, prompted by Bruel’s questions. He encouraged the budding authors to incorporate feelings and emotions to bring their story to life.

The visit also included tips from the illustrator about how to draw the title character. “Expression is important,” said Bruel, who advised students to “copy, copy, copy” when learning how to draw.

The author's visit was made possible through the generous support of the Todd PTA.

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