Barney Saltzberg

This author appeared at the 2012 festival. Please view the list of authors appearing at this year's festival or see our suggestions for similar authors below.

Barney Saltzberg at the 2012  Texas Book Festival

Arlo is a dog with a problem. He just can’t play catch the way he used to. But one day when his owner takes him to the doctor, they discover the problem – he needs glasses. With Arlo Needs Glasses, Barney Saltzberg takes a fact of life faced by some kids and turns it into a fun, interactive story with pull-out tabs and folding illustrations in a vibrant book made for children ages three and up. Each page provides a way for kids to feel like they are a part of the story, as they try different pairs of glasses on Arlo or take a peek through the funky phoroptor at the doctor’s office. Saltzberg is also publishing Andrew Drew and Drew this year, a book about a kid whose imagination comes to life through doodles. He uses folded pages that hide and reveal parts of Andrew’s drawings, showing kids how a crooked line can turn into a personable kite or a dinosaur. Hidden drawings on each page keep the reader guessing what Andrew’s imagination will reveal next. Saltzberg was featured at the 2011 Festival for Beautiful Oops, and has written nearly 30 children’s books. He currently lives in Los Angeles.