Bryan Langdo began drawing at a very early age. At first he concentrated on superheroes and has said that his mind was constantly filled with images that he wanted to draw. Later on, when he was 12, he began to take lessons with author/illustrator Robert J. Blake who taught him about the techniques of drawing and paintings as well as about the entire process of how a book is made. This background prepared him for The Art Student’s League of New York where he did further study in drawing and painting. Since then he has illustrated many, many books often using details he observes while “people watching” and looking for models of dress and expressions. He lives in upstate New York with his wife, one son and two cats.

Selected Reviews of Bryan’s Books

The Stuffed Animals Get Ready for Bed
Alison Inches
Illustrated by Bryan Langdo
   What is a girl to do when her rambunctious stuffed animals are not tired at all? Soothe them into their places with gentle reminders, of course. That is just what this maternal little girl does when it is her bedtime and the buddies need to be tidied up. With quiet words, each animal is singled out and tenderly tucked into its proper bedtime place. The simple rhyming text is soothing and the repetitive rhythm will lull little ones. The warm watercolor illustrations clearly show the individual personalities of the animals and are comically heartwarming. This is a nice bedtime book for little ones to wind down with. If your little one has extra energy, have him or her spot the small mouse that is on each two-page spread throughout the book. 2006, Harcourt Books, $16.00. Ages 0 to 4. Reviewer: Trina Heidt (Children’s Literature).

Mummy Math: An Adventure in Math
Cindy Neuschwander
Illustrated by Bryan Langdo
   Matt and Bibi’s parents, famous scientists, were invited to Egypt to help find a mummy in an ancient tomb. Bibi fortunately studied hieroglyphics in preparation for the trip. An archeologist greeted the family upon arrival at the historic site and told them that the tomb was a complete mystery. The burial chamber could not be found. As their parents were preparing for the exploration, Matt, Bibi, and Riley (their dog) crawled through a tiny opening in the pyramid. A door closed behind them. Now they were dependent on their knowledge of geometric shapes to solve they puzzle of the missing tomb and find their way out. They discovered pictures of cones, spheres, cubes, cylinders, pyramids, tetrahedrons, and prisms painted on the walls. Messages written in hieroglyphics provided clues. The twins successfully maneuvered their way into the tomb. They expressed excitement when they saw the treasures in the anteroom and then found the coffin with the mummy and burial mask in place. A map in the coffin lid provided showed the way out. A note at the end of the book provides suggested learning activities for teachers and parents to use with children. Large, colorful illustrations portray symbols and structures associated with ancient Egypt. A good introduction to solid geometry in an interesting context. 2005, Henry Holt and Company, $16.95. Ages 8 to 11. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D. (Children’s Literature).

Cat and Dog
Else Holmelund Minarik
Illustrated by Bryan Langdo
   Reminiscent of the earlier Dick and Jane stories, this one about Cat and Dog has few words, repetition, and illustrations that support the text. Cat Admonishes Dog not to spill water, not to dig in the garden, and so on. Dog threatens Cat as he tells her to get off the bed, the chair, and the table. His comment about making “A cat pie out of you” is accompanied by one of the more humorous illustrations. In spite of their bickering, the two share bones in the yard and curl up together after they have been fed. The story has appeal and is part of the “My First I Can Read Book” series. The title is designed for shared reading–basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations. 2005 (orig. 1960), HarperCollins, $14.99 and $15.89. Ages 4 to 6. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot (Children’s Literature).

Program Details

Utilizing humor and plenty of student participation, Langdo covers the basic stages of creating a book, including:

  • the manuscript
  • the book “dummy”
  • the finished paintings
  • the printing stage
  • the role of the editor (which he relates to that of the teacher –stressing the importance of rewriting/revision)

For the drawing demonstration he has the students direct his work as they design characters and pictures.
Fee: $800.00 per day—includes three 45 minute presentations (travel expenses additional)

Additional Information

To learn more about Bryan and his publications please visit http://www.bryanlangdo.com/.