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My Life as a Cartoonist (The My Life series)

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My Life as a Cartoonist features illustrations by Janet Tashjian ..

Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel 'Tru Confessions' was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. 'The Gospel According to Larry' series is a cult favorite and 'Fault Line' is taught in many middle and high schools. Her novels 'My Life As a Book,' 'My Life As a Stuntboy,' and 'My Life As a Cartoonist' are all illustrated by her teenage son, Jake. Their collaboration continues with a new series, 'Einstein the Class Hamster.'

Janet Tashjian is the author of many popular novels including and , both illustrated by her son, Jake Tashjian; as well as and . She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.
Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel 'Tru Confessions' was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. 'The Gospel According to Larry' series is a cult favorite and 'Fault Line' is taught in many middle and high schools. Her novels 'My Life As a Book,' 'My Life As a Stuntboy,' and 'My Life As a Cartoonist' are all illustrated by her teenage son, Jake. Their collaboration continues with a new series, 'Einstein the Class Hamster.'



Janet has been doing school visits for fifteen years; you can email her for details.

You can follow her on Twitter and like her books on Facebook, and check out her YouTube Channel.
Jake Tashjian is a teenage illustrator of middle grade children's books. He has illustrated My Life As a Book and My Life As a Stuntboy, as well as My Life As a Cartoonist and Einstein the Class Hamster. He collaborates on his novels with his mother, the author Janet Tashjian. He has a video blog entitled Notes From the Panic Room at their My Life as a Book website. He films all of the segments then edits the vlogs in IMovie.

When Jake was in elementary school, he used to draw his vocabulary words on index cards. This later became the inspiration for the main character, Derek, in the My Life As A..series.

Jake grew up in Needham, Massachusetts and currently lives in Los Angeles where he attends Fusion Academy. He is an avid surfer and film aficionado.

My Life as a Cartoonist eBook by Janet Tashjian - Kobo

My Life as a Cartoonist
Janet Tashjian
Limited preview - 2013

Janet Tashjian - My Life As A Cartoonist

While you’re waiting for the biography to be released you might want to check out Mr. Kurtzman’s autobiography, My Life As A Cartoonist (Aladdin; First Minstrel Books, 1988)

My Life as a Book, My Life as a Stuntboy, and My Life as a Cartoonist were written for reluctant middle-readers, especially those needing extra visual support. Embedded in both books are techniques from Lindamood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing as well as Reading Specialist Maryanne Wolf’s Rave-O program. The books are a great springboard to discuss how difficult reading can be, the pros and cons of summer reading lists, as well as tips and techniques for reading success. These books have been used in many citywide reads as well as parent/student book clubs. One of the things we see in our travels is that students are illustrating their own vocabulary words much the way Derek does in the books. Encourage your students to send their drawings into this website – we love to post illustrations from readers! Have them submit their vocab drawings .