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A New York Times Best SELLER and my newest book

….a dizzyingly happy ending - New York Times

Mercy triumphs over vengeance - Wall Street Journal

Cheeky evidence of the power of killing them with kindness - and cuteness - Publishers Weekly


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Picture books and

graphic novels

The Three Little Rigs
Smitten sketch
Train coming in Smitten sketch
Mack and Firetruck; Trucktown
Dig Interior
The Ugly Truckling Sketch
Trucktown Sketch of Mack
Cover of The Three Little Rigs
To the Big Top Sketch
Motor Dog by David Gordon
Off Go Their Engines Sketch
Smitten Store Sketch
Motor Dog Sketch
Motor Dog Running
Your New Jett-Pup's Owner Manual
Your New Jett-Pup's Owner Manual
Design for Spongebob's living room
Design for Spongebob's living room
Design for Spongebob's Bathroom
Spongebob Squarepants sketch
A Bug's Life Sketch by David Gordon
Robots sketches by David Gordon
Robots Mansion Door Sketch
Robots Completed Mansion Door Sketch
Robots Sketch by David Gordon
Robots getting tattoo by Dave Gordon
Tammy by David Gordon
Monsters, Inc. sketch by Dave Gordon
Monsters, Inc. Closet Door Sketch
Cars sketch by David Gordon
Tattoo Bot by Dave Gordon
Tammy's Sister sketch by Dave Gordon
Cars sketch by David Gordon


and television



David Gordon has art directed and/or worked on visual development, layout, and character design for numerous production companies from Lucasfilm to Pixar, including such movies as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., A Bug’s Life, and Cars; BlueSky’s Robots and Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants; as well as animated commercials for companies like Cheerios and Nike.


He has also written and illustrated many children’s books, among them Hansel and Diesel, The Three Little RigsThe Ugly Truckling, and Smitten. He is one of the authors of the acclaimed graphic novels Out of Picture I and Out of Picture II, and one of three illustrators of Jon Scieszka’s 52-book, N.Y. Times best-selling series, Trucktown.

His newest book is Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery.

His shows include MoMA’s Pixar, Twenty Years of Animation, 

Paris’s Galerie Arludnik, The Art of Out of Picture and various Society of Illustrators’ group shows. 

He does commercial storyboards for Saatchi, BBDO, Y&RTBWA Chiat, Weiden+Kennedy, and McCann Worldgroup.


He was trained at Parsons and the New York Academy of Art.



For book projects, please contact my agent, Jodi Reamer at Writers House.

For storyboard projects, contact me directly or visit

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and school visits

I’ll come to your school, conference, book festival or library and give a really fun presentation. Tailored to grade level, age and size of audience, this can include

all or a combination of the following:

- a reading of one or several of my books,

- a drawing demonstration, either traditionally or on my laptop via projector,

- a slide show of my career - from art school to Pixar, Nickelodeon and BlueSky studios,

- and how I create books from sketch to finished product.


I charge $750 a day for three 45 minute presentations. I'll discount $100 if books are sold.


For more information or to arrange an appearance, send me an email

Simon and Schuster 2016

Written and Illustrated

by David Gordon

Simon and Schuster 2007

Written and Illustratedby

 David Gordon,

based on an original concept by

Susan Siegel

Disney Hyperion 2013

Written by Kurt Cyrus

Illustrated by David Gordon

Harper Collins 2005

Written and Illustrated by

 David Gordon

Harper Collins 2006

Written and Illustrated by

 David Gordon

Simon and Schuster, 2008

Written by Jon Jon Scieszka

 Illustrated David Gordon, Dave Shannon, Loren Long

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008

Written by Jill Esbaum

 Illustrated David Gordon

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