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About The Author and Illustrator of 'The Orb Of Chatham'


Known for his evocative aesthetic style, Bob Staake's illustrations and art appear everywhere -- from magazines to books, animation to greeting cards, advertising to newspapers, cereal boxes to CD-ROM games.

His clients have included Time Inc, McDonald's, American Express, Sony, United Airlines, Nickelodeon, Sports Illustrated For Kids, Ralston Purina, Hallmark Cards, Kenner Toys, The Washington Post, AT&T, Sega, TWA, Dr.Pepper, The Chicago Tribune, Good Humor, Warner Books, Kellogg's, Cartoon Network, Turner Broadcasting, The Wall Street Journal, Netscape, Forbes, Simon and Schuster, The Ren and Stimpy Show, MAD, Children's Television Workshop, Blockbuster Video, Disney, Anheuser-Busch, Doubleday, Klutz Press, Hershey's, Target Stores, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Fleishman-Hillard, DMBB, and countless others.

He has authored and/or illustrated over 39 books, including 'Hello Robots!' (Viking), 'My Little Color Zoo' (Simon & Schuster) and 'The Red Lemon' (Random House). Currently he is writing a pair of storybooks and illustrating three other titles, including a modern version of the 19th Century German classic, 'Der Struwwelpeter'.

'The Orb Of Chatham' marks a new departure for Staake -- his first black and white picture book that is also part graphic novel and part mystery.

"When I decided to take on the story", says Staake, "I knew that it had to be rendered in black and white. If I'm successful at evoking a certain moodiness and dreamlike experience through the artwork in the book, the monochromatic palette deserves as much of the credit."

Ironically, Staake used no traditional palette of paints when creating the eery 'Orb of Chatham' illustrations. The art reproduced in the book is entirely digital, Staake prefering to drag a computer mouse rather than a paint brush to execute his images. "My books are generally more 'mirthful'", says Staake, 'and filled with rich color and playful patterns. But while others are mesmerized by the stunning daylight commonly found in Chatham, I've always been as intrigued by the dramatic shadows, reflections and shapes produced by the moon and the stars at night. Chatham is an esquisitely mysterious place and this is what I've tried to capture in the book."

Staake resides and works in Chatham, Massachusetts in a 200-year-old house that's 300 yards from the Atlantic -- but is only inhabited by 100 ghosts. He collects mid-century modern furniture, vintage Fiestaware and original illustration artwork

Staake's voluminous, award-winning web site can be found at, you guessed it, BobStaake.com


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Written and illustrated by Bob Staake, 'The Orb Of Chatham' is unlike any other of his more than 35 books.

A hauntingly eery tale that meanders through this mysterious New England town, 'The Orb Of Chatham' fascinates and mesmerizes readers both young and old. Take a peek at the book




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, the reports were made upon daylight, though local authorities dismissed them a hoax.

Still, the witnesses' independent accounts were virtually identical; the orb appeared to be made of blackened metal, perhaps six feet tall, and traveled in absolute silence by rolling (though one witness reported spotting the orb "hovering" in the air above a local church).

Two months later, all five witnesses vanished -- on the same October evening -- never to be seen again.

Whether 'The Orb Of Chatham' is truth or fiction remains a mystery to this day.