Chris Barton is not an imposter! He’s on a mission to make non-fiction for kids (and us older kids) fun and exciting. He’s also written one of the funniest picture books ever!

I recently had the good fortune to catch up with him at the Austin SCBWI “Boots and Books” Conference and to corner him for an interview. We were having such a good time that I let the camera run and was able to get enough great stuff for two short videos. (Yes, Flipcam rocks!)

In the first one, Chris talks about The Day Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand New Colors, illustrated by Tony Persiani.

Seriously, my homies, those neon colors make me think it’s time to get all Peter Max on you guys.

Where is my black light? Where is my “White Bird”?

Okay, back to the current century . . . In this clip, Chris also talks about his very funny picture book, Shark Vs. Train, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.

So here, for your viewing pleasure is Part 1 of “The Real Chris Barton”:

As wonderful as his first two books are, Chris’s new book, is sure to create new fans. Can I See Your I.D.?, illustrated with graphics by Paul Hoppe, is coming out in April 2011 by Dial.

Now, check in to Part 2 of our interview to hear all about it…

Chris keeps a terrific blog, “Bartography,” where I recently learned that he has an essay in the most recent issue of Horn Book, along with other luminaries such as Marc Aronson and Susan Campbell Bartoletti.

There’s just no denying it: Chris Barton is the real deal!

Calloo, Callay, sports fans!