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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Paul Gude  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;


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Illinois Connection

Gude grew up in Dorsey, Illinois. He attended Edwardsville Sr. High School and lives in Edwardsville again today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Paul Gude is an actor/musician/writer/cartoonist. He studied theatre performance, creative writing, and cognitive psychology at the University of Missouri, Columbia. While there, he was a DJ for the radio station KCOU and a cartoonist for the ''Maneater'' student newspaper.From 1998 - 2014, Gude lived in Seattle, Washington. While there, he performed at Annex Theatre's monthly cabaret as one-half of the performance duo Gude/Laurance. Gude has written books for both children and adults. He has also penned one ebook for children, ''RRRAWRR!: A Story for Little Monsters''.

Published Works

    Books for Children
  • The Fuzzy Robot: A Color-It-Yourself Book, CreateSpace, 2008
  • When Elephant Met Giraffe, Disney-Hyperion, 2014
  • A Surprise for Giraffe and Elephant, Disney-Hyperion, 2015Books for Adults
  • These Are Your Coded Instructions: Poems By Paul Gude, CreateSpace, 2007
  • Ninjas!: The Spacefaring Cowboys Of Japan's Mesozoic Era, CreateSpace,, 2007
  • Stupid, CreateSpace, 2007
  • Super Rocket Monkey, CreateSpace, 2008
  • Love In A Time Of Zombies, CreateSpace, 2009

Selected Titles At Your Library

When Elephant met Giraffe /
ISBN: 1423163036. OCLC Number:

Disney * Hyperion Books,. New York :. ©2014.

Loud, boisterous Elephant learns how to be friends with calm, quiet Giraffe.

A surprise for Giraffe and Elephant /
ISBN: 1423183118. OCLC Number:

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Quiet Giraffe and chatty Elephant have a friendship that sees them through misunderstanding, disappointment, and an interesting surprise.

Stupid /
ISBN: 1434825019. OCLC Number:

[CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform],. [United States] :. [2007]

Love in a time of zombies /
ISBN: 1438239157. OCLC Number:

[publisher not identified],. [Place of publication not identified] :. ©2009.


When Elephant Met Giraffe

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Gude uses his background in comedy and improvisational theatre to produce question and answer driven presentations with children interested in creative pursuits.