Chris Monroe

Jack Rendulich

Chris Monroe is an award-winning author, illustrator and cartoonist. Her picture books include Sneaky Sheep, Bug On a Bike and the Monkey With a Tool Belt series, which inspired the Netflix show Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt. Chris is also the author and illustrator of the comic strip Violet Days, which has been in print for more than 20 years. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Dad is sad, very very sad. He had a bad day, what a day dad had.” —Hop On Pop by Dr. Seuss

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Maurice Sendak, Hillary Knight, Roald Dahl

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I have always loved to draw and write. I have wanted to be an artist since kindergarten when I drew a bunny.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Keep with it.