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Brett L. Helquist (born c. 1966) is an American illustrator best known for his work in the children's books A Series of Unfortunate Events. As such, his illustrations for that series have appeared in multiple media, including the books, the audiobook covers, the calendars, and so on.
According to the biographical information published with that series, Helquist was born in Ganado, Arizona, and grew up in Orem, Utah with his six sisters. As kids, they didn't go to many art museums. He says his love of art came from all the comic books he read. Helquist served as a Mormon missionary in Hong Kong, then earned a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Brigham Young University, and has lived in New York City since 1993. He has been published in the children's magazine Cricket, and the New York Times. He is represented by Steven Malk of Writers House in New York City.
Besides the thirteen A Series of Unfortunate Events books, Helquist has provided illustrations for several other children's books, including:
- Listening for Lions, ISBN 0-06-058176-X
- The Calder Game, ISBN 0-439-85207-2
- The Wright 3, ISBN 0-439-69367-5
- Fly by Night, ISBN 1-4050-2078-4
- Chasing Vermeer, ISBN 0-439-37294-1
- Milly and the Macy's Parade, ISBN 0-439-29754-0
- Captain Hook: Adventures of a Notorious Youth
- The Revenge of Randal Reese-Rat, ISBN 0-06-050867-1
- The Floating Island (The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme), ISBN 0-765-30867-3
- Books in the Tales from the House of Bunnicula series by James Howe:
- Capt. Hook
Helquist also wrote and illustrated Roger, the Jolly Pirate, ISBN 0-06-623805-6, published in 2004.
He also produced new cover illustrations for a reprint of the 1954–1976 "Green Knowe" series by Lucy M. Boston (Harcourt, 2002; retaining the original interior illustrations by the writer's son Peter Boston):
- The Children of Green Knowe, ISBN 0-15-202468-9
- The Treasure of Green Knowe, ISBN 0-15-202601-0 (aka The Chimneys of Green Knowe)
- The River at Green Knowe, ISBN 0-15-202607-X
- A Stranger at Green Knowe, ISBN 0-15-202589-8
- An Enemy at Green Knowe, ISBN 0-15-202481-6
- The Stones of Green Knowe, ISBN 0-15-205566-5
- Portfolio, Brett Helquist, retrieved 2012-02-07
- Helquist: FAQs, retrieved 21 February 2010
- Astle, Randy (April 2010), "Interview: Brett Helquist", Mormon Artist (9)
- Brett Helquist, Writers House Literary Agency, retrieved 21 February 2010
- "Green Knowe – Series Bibliography". ISFDB. Retrieved 2015-01-20. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
- Other sources
- Decker, Marin (17 December 2004), "Utahn is feeling fortunate about 'Unfortunate Events'", Deseret Morning News
- Karras, Christy (23 October 2005), "Fortunate event drew Helquist to Snicket", The Salt Lake Tribune
- Nielsen, Erica (13 January 2005), "BYU grad illustrates Lemony Snicket's", The Daily Universe