Doll Bones


I’m not sure there’s anything more exciting to an illustrator than the moment you get to see your artwork in the final printed book. Better yet, a stack of printed books! I’m so grateful that Simon and Schuster chose me to illustrate Holly Black’s fabulous new middle-grade novel.


You can’t see it in these photos, but the cover has this silky matte finish, with the title and doll in gloss. It’s a great effect!



In the acknowledgements, Holly writes:
“Thanks to Eliza Wheeler for her creepifyingly beautiful illustrations.”



And when we were at Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, I had to document DOLL BONES sharing the shelf with illustrator friend Andrea Offermann’s work on GHOST NIGHT, by Cornelia Funke.

Powells_dollbones with ghost night

I’ll be excited to read the book again since I know the revision process was still underway after I had finished the artwork. My mom said she had to read it during the daytime, because it’s a little too scary at night. But my 9-year old niece says, “It’s not so much scary as it is creepy.”

To learn more about Holly Black, visit her website.
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  1. They look nice!!! Congrats! They must even feel good in your hands too! The illustrations are amazing! Keep up the good work!

  2. Alexandra Gray Williams

    I Love this book! I am doing a report on it! The drawings are so detailed!

  3. Congratulations! Beautiful book, I can’t wait to read it! And Congratulations again, I just found out that “Doll Bones” won a Newbery honors medal.
    How Fabulous.

  4. I just finished this book and was very pleased to see your beautiful drawings came through on my Kindle version as well! I’m so glad publishers are keeping in the artwork of the e-books. It really helped enlighten the book for me! Thanks, Eliza!

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