Yes, I Love Snow

 

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…almost as much as I love penguins! And so why not mix, snow, penguins & love in one image?

Here’s another peek from my upcoming book, NEVER LET YOU GO. Can you tell that I really adore this little purple penguin?

Snow Job!!

So it’s April 11th, and guess what – this morning it snowed. I didn’t really mind. I had to pop out of the house in the early hours to meet with a lovely person and at that point it was raining ice, so I figure the snow I encountered on the way home was an improvement.

To celebrate this crazy weather day (because honestly – what good does complaining do?) I am posting some wonderful drawings given to me in January of this year when I did a snow-themed presentation at the Richmond Hill Public Library. I had been telling the kids about my recently illustrated book Snowy Science, so I thought it might be fun for them to illustrate a kooky snowy science story about an evil scientist named Professor Zamboni who creates a monster snowman whom he hopes will take over the world. Unfortunately for evil Professor Zamboni, the snowman (named Dave) is really a nice guy, who just wants to sell ice cream and then retire to Florida to melt.

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Beautiful, beautiful Bologna

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A big thank-you to the fine folks at Scholastic Canada for taking this photo while attending the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Yes, I finally have some wonderful news to share! I have a new picture book coming out this September, to be published by Scholastic Canada. The book is entitled Never Let You Go, and I’m pleased to say that I am once again both author and illustrator. And yes, once again I’ve created a book with PENGUINS! It would appear that I am not quite ready to ‘let go’ of these lovely little creatures.

This picture book is a bit of a departure for me – yes, there is humour in it, but there’s also a lot of heart, & warmth & love. It feels good to tap into a part of myself which has been tucked away for far too long. And now that the floodgates are open, who knows what will come out next? Stay tuned…

What’s Not to Love About CAKE?

Even though I had to get up early in the morning with the hubby yesterday morning, I ended up having tons of fun. Guy and I did a performance of our play, The Pirate and the Penguin at the Comic Arts for Kids Expo (CAKE), a daylong, interactive celebration of image-based storytelling, which took place at the Lillian H. Smith Library.  After the play I did a short cartooning workshop, showing kids & parents how easy it was to draw pirates and penguins.

I truly love drawing and performing for kids. And though I always encourage these little creators to keep their own drawings, I really do love it when they give me their art. Here’s some samples from yesterday’s fun event:

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A big thank-you must go out to Small Print Toronto, Little Island Comics and the Toronto Public Library for joining forces and creating this amazing day.

Creative Kids Got it Covered!

This past Friday I visited Frankland Community School in Toronto to share with the grade 4-6 kids some of my art, as well as some of my experiences in the wonderful, wacky world of publishing books. It was a blast! The staff were super friendly & helpful, and the kids were SO amazing. I focused most of my presentation on the process involved in creating a (hopefully) good book cover. Of course the workshop shouldn’t be all about me, so eventually I got the kids to create their own book covers. Here are a few of the gems these creative geniuses produced:

Whoops. Now isn’t that a clever, catchy title?

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And who wouldn’t want to read a book called My Cat the Evil Alien Robot?

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Gahhhh!! The Creepy Donut from Outer Space! Beware!

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And finally…The Smart Kid. Heh.

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But seriously, all these kids are super smart. I hope they all continue to write & draw. Because we need more artists & creative problem-solvers out there, brightening up our world.

Art Attack!

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Woot! The Chirp March issue is all about one of my FAVOURITE subjects – ART!! It’s a wonderful feeling, to be able to create, and even more wonderful if you are able to share your art, and even MORE wonderful, if you can make people laugh!

And don’t Chirp & Sparky look adorable in their fancy French berets? C’est very fun!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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If at all possible, find a bunny to hug today. Photo courtesy of Abigail.

The Pirate and Penguin Play is the Thing!

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…in which we’ll catch the conscience of the kids? Well, hopefully we’ll catch their attention and make ’em laugh! Yup, we’re at it again – gettin’ all silly and piratey and penguiny.

In case you didn’t know, Sunday Feb 27 is Family Literacy Day, “a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.”

Well, we’re celebrating Family Literacy Day one day early – Guy & I will be whooping it up 2:00 – 3:00pm at the Maria A. Shchuka library tomorrow (Feb 26th) to celebrate this special day. After our play, I’ll be doing a cartooning workshop with the kids – showing them how I draw all my kooky cute characters.

So come on out if you can! Celebrate the fun of books and reading!

Chirp in China!

Woo hoo! Check this out! There is now a Chinese edition of Chirp! Is that cool or what? Now I have no idea how to say ‘Chirp’ in Chinese, but I do know that their version of the magazine is called Baby Box. And here’s a sample of the actual strip. Ooooo! This is just so amazing!

So who knows where Chirp will travel next! Japan? India? Timbuktu? I hope so!

New Year, Beautiful Chirp Body!

Happy New Year! Is it perhaps fitting that the latest Chirp issue is all about the body? So many folks make New Year’s resolutions about improving their bodies in some way – exercising, eating better, losing weight, drinking more water – all very admirable goals. But how ’bout we take a different approach? How ’bout maybe we just learn to love our bodies & souls a little better? For sure, we should all take care of this vessel that we live in – but perhaps a bit more energy investing in our spiritual side, rather than our physical side might be a good idea. I think Chirp figured this out long time ago – that’s why he’s so darn happy!

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