Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg

Monday, May 25, 2020

There's a new hero I wanted to show respect to - Dr. Bonny Henry. She is our provincial health officer here in British Columbia. Not exactly world known but she should be. She's got this incredible way of delivery that is very calming but still highly informative. Check her out.

I was looking for a slightly more amusing quote (during these tough times) but I guess she's not doing amusing right now.
As for other news, I've joined forces with so I can put up a bit more of my work. 
Covid has had such a different impact on different industries. We're a couple of months in and I'm just beginning to notice. I was lucky to have some books that I was working on but I can see those coming to an end. In some ways books are doing well with everybody self isolating. In other ways not so much with all the stores shut. 
And finally I'm happy to be getting out on my bike and hiking nearby. But I'll be  honest, I'm ready for cafes and stores to open (and feel safe enough to sit in)!

Friday, May 15, 2020

It's an unusual card but I made this for a friends birthday. Given the times we're in I guess it's a good fit. It will be interesting looking back next year to notice all the things we so quickly got used to: tape on the sidewalk for safe spacing, plexiglass dividers and not using cash. Strange times indeed.

Monday, April 27, 2020

As usual it's been too long since I wrote but I'm going to blame that on being busy and learning how to cope during this Covid shutdown. For a semi-introvert like me it hasn't been too much of a shift but as it drags on I really am starting to miss social gatherings and just getting out the door.
The good news is I've been busy with work and will have a new book coming out in October, with my new best friends, the people at Harbour Publishing.  Ok, I still love the other publishers I work with but I have to say there is something special about working with somebody in the same province. The book is called Lilliana and the Frogs, based on a little adventure I had as a child when I brought home a box of wild frogs. It's a book with an eco message (let's leave nature alone) but hopefully with a bit of fun along the way.

Another book, coming out in October is called Follow Your Breath. It's # 8 in our 'Exploring Our Community' series with my other best friends the amazing people at Kids Can Press - especially my editor, Jennifer Stokes, who is, as far as I can tell, perfect. 

This story follow the five kids, Yulee, Pedro, Nick, Martin and Sally as they learn about mindfulness. It's coming out at a good time, considering what we're going through. Mindfulness is used in schools as well as millions of homes so a lot of people recognize its value. 
For something completely different I also do cartoons. This perfect storm of a pandemic and a president (with a very little brain) south of the border, is great fodder for cartoonists everywhere. I am reluctant, but I will thank him for that. 

Friday, November 1, 2019

I forgot to post two books! First is one I did with Scholastic. They have a great series based on the old nursery rhyme we all know - 'There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly'.
I was asked to illustrate a version written by the clever Chrissy Bozik. It's all about camping in Canada and Anne and Andrea really let me have fun with this book. My niece tells me it's her son's favourite book!

Also just out is 'Join the No-Plastic Challenge!' (part of 'Exploring Our Community' with Kids Can Press). It's an important subject and I'm really happy KCP was as excited as I was to do this. It's also good to have Greenpeace onboard to give it their seal of approval. I've been hearing educators are approaching my publisher to see what's new in the series – that's a compliment!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for another book in the same series called 'Follow that Bee!' It's made the long list for the Subaru Science award. Even if I don't win I'm grateful to be among such good company.

That's it for what's out there. There's a couple of books in the works that will be out late next year. I will keep you posted when they are done.
And finally, I did a cover for the upcoming Write magazine – the magazine for the writers' union of Canada.
Ok, all caught up!

Monday, August 12, 2019

This is a really nice review of Owen at the Park. It's finally out and I am very happy to see it in stores.
I raced over to Kids Books on Broadway and signed some copies.

Another book I'm working on with Kids Can Press about mindfulness will be finished soon. It's part of the Exploring Our Community series which is now up to 8 books! I can't show too much of it until it's out but I'm very happy with the art. 

This happens every year (and I always seem to forget) but August is sooo slow. I tend to take it personally - will I ever work again?! :) But what I should be doing is going for a swim or a bike ride or a watching a bee. That's the kind of thing to do in August!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Owen at the Park - advance copies

Owen at the Park
I'm so happy to receive advance copies of "Owen at the Park", my new book with Groundwood Books. I wrote this story based on visits to Tiergarten in Berlin and I am very proud of the way it turned out. I have to say how much Michael Solomon, the amazing art director at Groundwood, does to make it look so great. I know he is working on many books at any one time there so I am grateful. Looking forward to August 2019 when it hits the bookshelves.

I'm working on the new style I posted last week. It's more realistic than my usual fare and it's a nice opportunity to try new subjects. So far I've done only portraits so I figured it was time I tried a body in motion. Pretty happy with the way this turned out.