I was excited to receive the advance copy of my next picture book, The Wild Beast, a wonderful African folktale retold by author, Eric Walters. Can’t wait for the launch from Orca Book Publishers in Fall 2018!
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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I have had the pleasure of creating art for the Sun Life Financial Waterloo Busker Carnival for several years. It is one of my favourite assignments and this year was no exception. It is worth the drive to Waterloo, Ontario to catch a bunch of awesome street performers working their magic from August 24 – 27!