Awesome Dawson

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    EVERYTHING CAN BE USED AGAIN! That's Dawson's motto. He collects junk that people throw away and turns it into something STUPENDOUS. But when Dawson uses his skills to create a machine to do his chores for him, he discovers he might have invented something a little too... AWESOME. Can he stop the rampaging robot before it destroys the entire town?

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    "This is action, adventure and imagination with a positive message."

    --Kirkus Reviews

    "Gall make[s] full use of his skill for drafting...straight-from-kids'-dreams machines."

    --Publishers Weekly

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About the author


Photograph of Chris Gall

Chris Gall has been drawing pictures for as long as he can remember. When he was caught doodling on his desk in second grade, his teacher suggested that he might become an artist some day, then made him clean all the desks in the classroom. In seventh grade, Chris won a Read Magazine Young Writers Award, and that inspired him to create stories to go with his art. After graduating from the University of Arizona, Chris became an award-winning, internationally recognized illustrator, and his artwork has been shown in almost every publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

In 2004, his first picture book, America the Beautiful, became a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year, and his career in children’s publishing began. Since then he has authored and illustrated six more books, including the acclaimed Dinotrux, a 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Children’s book; Revenge of the Dinotrux; Awesome Dawson; Substitute Creacher; Dear Fish; and There’s Nothing to Do on Mars.

Chris has also worked as an adjunct professor of art at the University of Arizona and spent four years as a professional stand-up comedian. He currently lives in Tucson, Arizona, where in his spare time he loves to restore classic cars and fly planes.


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Arizona Daily Star Interview

Tuscon resident Chris Gall has built a career in commercial illustration for major companies such as Pepsi and Nike, and as an author and book illustrator. READ MORE

–Ann Brown

Arizona Daily Star

August 05, 2012

Interviewed by Kirkus Reviews

Gall talks about the latest antics of his cranky creations. READ MORE

–Jessie Grearson

Kirkus Reviews

May 18, 2012

Revenge of the Dinotrux gets Publisher's Weekly starred review

Gall's dinosaur/machine mash-ups are, once again, the star of the show, commanding attention (and generating laughs) in every action-filled, rust-toned scene. READ MORE

May 28, 2012