Theatrical!

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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!

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Book Cover

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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!

Advance Copy!

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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!

A Story For Our Times

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.

 

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The King of Heaven brings his people to the land on one side of the river..
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The Queen of the Earth brings her people to the land on the other side of the river.
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The people set aside their differences and join together thanks to a curious girl named Mira.

 

An African Alphabet by Eric Walters, illustrated by Sue Todd

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!

Youth Services Book Review

   An African Alphabet by Eric Walters, illustrated by Sue Todd, Orca, 2017.  9781459810709

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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Happy Hallowe’en

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From the archives, something spooky for Hallowe’en, a wrap-around cover for Cricket Magazine. For the theme of Day of the Dead I created a hand-carved linocut print with digital color. BOO!

SCBWI BookStop

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The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators BookStop launched today! For one month #SCBWIBookStop has tons of books for kids and teens you can browse and buy. Check out my page for An African Alphabet written by Eric Walters, published by Orca Book Publishers.