Stephen Hillenburg and SpongeBob SquarePants

From the Series Contemporary Cartoon Creators
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Cartoonist Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, has been fascinated by the ocean and its creatures since he was a child. His passion for the sea resulting in one of the most well-known and popular cartoon shows in television history.

Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Copyright 2015
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher ReferencePoint Press
Series Contemporary Cartoon Creators
Language English
Number of Pages 80
ISBN 9781601528667, 9781601528674B
Title Format Reinforced book, Print + Ebook
Release Date 2015-08-01
Author Carla Mooney
Dewey 741.58092 B


Finally, a biography series about people who really matter to kids—cartoon animators.The titles in the Contemporary Cartoon Creators series not only look at the childhoods, influences, and careers of the creators but also highlight their struggles and determination to turn original ideas into award-winning cartoons.Matt Groening and The Simpsonsexplains how Groening’s work with comics led to the development ofThe Simpsonsand why the show continues to be successful after 25 seasons.Seth MacFarlane and Family Guydiscusses MacFarlane’s evolving role in the creation ofFamily Guy, including voicing many of its characters, as well as how he has branched out into other cartoons, television shows, and films.Stephen Hillenburg and SpongeBob SquarePantsemphasizes how Hillenburg’s early career in marine biology shaped his signature character and the child-friendly innocence ofSpongeBob.Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and South Parkunderlines these creators’ nontraditional work style and the controversies they’ve incited inSouth Parkand other works. Complemented by color photos of the cartoonists and their groundbreaking characters, the books draw attention to the social commentary often seen in these shows and how their creators have responded to criticism and controversy.They’re scholarly enough for serious biography studies yet plenty of fun for leisurely readers.—Angela Leeper

Author: Carla Mooney

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