Lisa Brown – Taking Control of Body and Story

March 24, 2022

“Although I swim in a sea of anxiety (bolstered by stories of pogroms and poverty told by generations of female relatives), I face it with deadpan, dark, and often inappropriate humor. So the stories I tell are of misfits and outsiders trying to find their way in a hostile world. Pretty Jewish, nu?

“The children’s book industry is loaded with women, so it’s welcoming. But at the same time, it’s often a struggle to tell stories that are a bit subversive. Male creators have always been allowed to take more of those leaps into the subversive and absurd. (I champion women’s issues) because we deserve to control our own bodies and tell our stories however we want to control them and tell them.”
– Lisa Brown

Image of Author Lisa Brown for Reboot's Women's History Month

Lisa Brown illustrated an empty suitcase to accompany our What Would You Bring? project. Watch the videos then fill the suitcase with the items that are important to you and your family.

Please join us in honoring Reboot Network member Lisa Brown during Women’s History Month.

Lisa Brown is an award-winning illustrator, author ,and cartoonist whose picture books include The Airport Book, How to Be, Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert, and Goldfish Ghost and The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming  by Lemony Snicket. She is the creator of the “Baby Be of Use” series of satirical board books for McSweeney’s. Her latest books include The Phantom Twin, a graphic novel for teens, and Long Story Short, a comics collection of classic literature. Lisa teaches illustration at The California College of Art in San Francisco.