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Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction Illustrator



Illinois Connection

Gude grew up in Dorsey. He attended Edwardsville Sr. High School and currently resides in Edwardsville.

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''.

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

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''When Elephant Met Giraffe''''' -- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017