Carousel Players, a theatre company for young people, commissioned me to create art for their 2018/2019 season. In addition to a new adaptation of Peter Pan by Fiona Sauder and Reanne Spitzer, Carousel is staging, Whole World by Sean Dixon, and The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito by Tomson Highway. Fifth House/Fitzhenry & Whiteside invited me to illustrate the picture book version of Tomson Highway’s wonderful play, and it is a pleasure to see it staged by Carousel Players!
Second Story Press commissioned me to illustrate the cover of A Cage Without Bars, a middle grade historical novel by Toronto author, Anne Dublin. It tells the tragic story of enslaved Spanish Jewish children on the island of Sao Tome in 1492. An inspiring read for all ages!
It feels like the right time to revisit this charming and powerful story about two warring villages brought together by the curiosity of a young girl named Mira. Toronto author, Laura Alary, has written a beautiful legend for our times that appeals to all ages. It was a great pleasure to illustrate this inspiring story for Skinner House Books. It can be purchased online from Skinner House in the US, and in Canada at Indigo and Mable’s Fables. Click here to see the book trailer.
Massachusetts Librarians reviewed An African Alphabet by Eric Walters, published by Orca Book Publishers. This may be my favourite review thanks to my soft spot for libraries and fond memories of librarians. As a child my nose could always be found in a book and I loved hanging around libraries so much that I volunteered at the school library to get first crack at new books. I might have found a career as a librarian had art not chosen me first. Thank you, Massachusetts Librarians!
Format: Board book
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? African animals, one for every letter of the alphabet, are depicted in this board book. The fresh woodcut-like illustrations are rendered in vibrant colors with deep hues and outlined in black. The animals may not be familiar to American audiences, but the engaging features of the animals and the beautiful colors are a visual feast. And there is pleasure to be had just in pronouncing the exotic animal names.
To whom would you recommend this book? This belongs in most board book collections, especially for kids who enjoy animal books.
Who should buy this book? Day cares, preschools and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Board books
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