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A tweet from little sis SLJ drew our attention to this site, in which several photos of famous authors appear in their teenage years. (Overheard: “Awww, tiny Neil Gaiman!” …Okay, I was the one who said that.)

Lolly has a huge collage of old author and illustrator publicity photos in her office, so we thought we’d share some of them with you! Next week we’ll be posting photos with the tag “guess who?” Make your best guess in the Comments section, and we’ll reveal the answers at the end of the week.

Here’s a sneak peek: can you guess which picture book author/illustrator created this police sketch — er, self-portrait?

Edited to add: We’ll give you a hint; here’s another drawing by the same artist:

The framed original (done on a Priority Mail envelope!) hangs in the Horn Book office kitchen.

This post is part of our “Guess who”? author and illustrator photo series. Click on the tag Guess who? to see all entries!

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. KT Horning says:

    Ooh, this is tough because you have not only the portrait but the style. It looks like Peter Spier, but I’ve never known him to use that style in his picture books.

  2. KT Horning says:

    BTW, I thought the teenage Neil Gaiman looked pretty much like the middle-aged Neil Gaiman.

  3. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

    This may be the hardest one to guess! (Sorry about that!) We’ll have a clue up in a bit. It’s the only self-portrait of the bunch, though, so the problem of pinning down style won’t be a factor next week.

    I think the fact that teenage Neil Gaiman looks so much like current Neil Gaiman is what I like most about it. 🙂

  4. Thom Barthelmess says:

    The style makes me think of Arthur Geisert, though I’ve only ever seen his etchings. But if he were to draw, I would think it would look like that. As far as what he looks like, I have no idea. Maybe he looks like Neil Gaiman in his 20s.

  5. Sarah S. says:

    Garth Williams?

  6. You go, Thom Barthelmess! Or should we say Sherlock Holmes; great powers of deduction — it *is* Arthur Geisert. Also good guess, Sarah S.
    The next mystery photos are on their way later today!

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