The idea for the story "Zoolidays" was born few years ago when I was living with my host family -- Mariotti family. In that family I met Gini and Jack, who always took care of me like their real son, and their four wonderful children, who became my best friends and the "english teachers." So one day I was driving my host family's children and their two friends, Teddy and Julia, to the after school programs and they asked me to tell a story. I was happy to do it, because I loved making up the stories. So that day I told them a story about the animals who decorated each other and came up with their own holiday, called "Zoolidays." After I finished telling the story, Teddy looked at me and said that he would like to buy my book. And I responded to him: if you want to buy my book, then I guess I need to illustrate it. Therefore, the next day I started drawing sketches for my story. I believe the most exciting part of the whole illustration process was creating the characters, who were happy, silly, funny, enthusiastic and ready to change the world.
I was very lucky to meet a lot of people who supported me and helped me while I was creating the illustrations for "Zoolidays." Kay Fowler and Leslie Stewart were helping me with the story. Moreover, I have so many Lithuanian and American friends, who always believed in me and encouraged to go forward with my dreams. Vladimir Shpitalnik, the best illustration professor, gave me the excellent advices for illustrations.
Vladimir Shpitalnik, the best illustration professor, gave me the excellent advices for illustrations.
"Zoolidays" is my first book, which I take everywhere with me. I am really proud of this book, because it makes children and adults laugh, smile and discover the world of colors and imagination. The story of "Zoolidays" was told by Bruce Glassman, who magically turned the simple and unfinished text into deep and amazing story. Bruce gave a wonderful gift to my characters: a wonderful language.