"Endlessly invent yourself," Jack Gantos tells children in our September 2007 Meet the Illustrator interview, which I recently rediscovered while digging through the BookPage archives.

Meet Jack Gantos
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How true, Mr. Gantos—and quite relevant to your own life! Coming June 14 from Macmillan Children's, Gantos' popular Joey Pigza series is getting a major redesign with artwork by Lane Smith. Smith is the illustrator behind several Caldecott Honor-winning picture books, including The Stinky Cheese Man and Grandpa Green.

The Joey Pigza series, which stars a troubled young boy with ADHD, includes four titles. The first, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, was a 1998 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature. Joey Pigza Loses Control was a 2001 Newbery Honor Book. The next two titles were What Would Joey Pigza Do? and I Am Not Joey Pigza.

Check out the new looks:

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Joey Pigza Loses Control

I Am Not Joey Pigza

What do you think? And be sure to check out all our coverage of Gantos' fantastic books, including Dead End in Norvelt, winner of the 2012 Newbery Medal.

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