To Timbuktu

To Timbuktu

My girlfriend Casey and I met in Morocco, moved to China then went all the way to Timbuktu. Later on, we wrote and drew a book about all of that called To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story.

Her words and my illustrations the story of our first two years out of college spent teaching English, making friends across language barriers, researching, painting, and learning to be ourselves wherever they are.

For more info about To Timbuktu please visit its own site allthewaytotimbuktu.com

See some extremely flattering blurbs about the book below.

Publishers Weekly says in a STARRED review:

Impressively witty, perceptive, and candid, Scieszka’s present-tense narrative catapults readers into each setting, as do Weinberg’s fluid cartoon sketches, seamlessly incorporated into every page… Come grad season, skip Oh, the Places You’ll Go!–this will be far better appreciated, with its effortless mix of globe-trotting adventure, romance, humor, and expanding self-knowledge.

Kirkus Reviews says:

Newly fledged adults (and even those with plenty of mileage under their wings) will find both entertainment and perhaps a dollop of inspiration.

American Library Association’s Booklist Review says:

For teens itching to get out into the world, this is a road map, and Casey and Steven make for eminently pleasant traveling companions.

School Library Journal says:

Great inspiration for teenagers and young adults who are looking for adventure and self-discovery… Often humorous, and occasionally heartbreaking, the book presents a lovely picture of the couple’s life together during this time with simple, eloquent text and emotive cartoon-style drawings.

Lonely Planet says:

A breath of fresh air from a sometimes contrived, bloated genre… Weinberg’s charcoal illustrations perfectly complement Scieszka’s caught-in-the-headlights style prose… Scieszka constantly reviews her emotions and has a knack of raising poignant questions not only about her own work and motivations, but about those of the wider community…This should be a must-read for any bright-eyed Gen X or Y (especially couples!) thinking of living and working in a non-Western environment.

Really, really, flattering. Even more are here.