Molly Idle has been drawing ever since she could wield a pencil at the tender age of 18 months. After graduating from Arizona State University with a BFA in Drawing, Molly accepted an offer to work for DreamWorks Feature Animation Studios. After five years, a number of film credits, and an incredibly good time, she left the studio and leapt with gusto into the world of children's book illustration. Molly has written and illustrated picture books for Viking Press, Bloomsbury USA, and Chronicle Books, among other publishers.
Viking Press Zonderkidz
Awards / Honors
2013 Caldecott Honor Award for Flora and the Flamingo
2013 Prix des Libraires du Québec - Jeunesse hors Québec
2013 Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Annual Exhibition
2010 SCBWI National Portfolio Competition
2011 SCBWI-Arizona Creativity Contest
Praise for Camp Rex, sequel to Tea Rex
"Once again, the deadpan writing and careful compositions work in tandem for maximum comic impact."
"This is certain to raise more than a few giggles from the camping enthusiasts in any audience."
Praise for Zombelina, written by Kristyn Crow with illustrations by Molly Idle
"Idle's colored-pencil illustrations are bursting with details, facial expressions, wonderfully slighly spooky touches, and when appropriate, love. An unusuallly well-done mix of Halloween, dance, and family that's sure to please many youngsters."
-School Library Journal
Praise for Molly Idle's author-illustrated picture book, Tea Rex
"Sure to be enjoyed by tea-party enthusiasts, and even dino fans with no use for a tea pot will find themselves drawn to this clever tale of a not-entirely-civilized beast of the past."
"...Idle has a gift for comic composition..."
"The tension between the text and illustrations provides much to amuse the youngest tea-party hosts."
-School Library Journal
Praise for Molly Idle's wordless picture book, Flora and the Flamingo
"Illustrator Idle's prior experience as a DreamWorks animator is evident in the flowing, musical quality of the illustrations...The seamless grace of the flamingo's dance contrasts humorously with Flora's faltering steps, but by the end of the story, they swoop, plunge, and soar together like old ballet partners."
"It's seamless and dynamic visual storytelling."
-Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"A perfect amalgamation of wordless storytelling...as emotional as it is visual."
-Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal
"Like a classical masterpiece, this book starts as a quiet story and culminates with great power."