Saturday, March 23, 2013

"What's Up Bear?" We are, for a BC Book Prize!

"What's Up Bear?" has been shortlised for a BC Book Prize!

More specifically the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize

Congrats to Owlkids and Frieda Wishinsky.  This is our second nomination in as many books, Nice!

Recently I was asked, by a local paper here in Vancouver, to do an interview regarding the nomination.  You'll notice I'm rockin' my Owl gear for the occasion - word to the Mighty Mites.  The article was published March 22 in the Richmond News.  If the printed article is too small, click the link to read it on-line.

Special thanks to Yvonne Robertson (Oakville Represent!!) for the interview and great article.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

36 years in the making. is here!

Friday, June 8, 2012

"What's Up Bear?" is on Amazon

The new book is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Get 'em while they're hot!


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Owlkids has bin beddy beddy good to me!!

 I'm back with another project for Owlkids.

This one is a short story for chickaDEE "Summer Fun" issue due next month.   I of course have done short stories with owl before, but chickaDEE is for a slightly older age group.   So it was a lot more like doing a chapter book rather than a picture book.

This was great experience and I think chapter books are something I could definitely see myself tackling in the future.  But we'll see how this story goes first.


2012 Chocolate Lily awards

 Last Friday, I attended the 2012 Chocolate Lily Awards at Devon Gardens Elementary School here in BC. It was my first official award gala and I was very excited to be invited.

The event was hosted by Karen Ehrenholz, founder of the Awards and emceed by students from the school. "Where Are You Bear?" was nominated along with 4 other books in the Picture Book category. Unfortunately I came home empty handed, but the experience was well worth it. Aside from the award presentations, the students had some short skits prepared to compliment the books nominated in the Chapter Book and Novel categories.

They all did a great job. Congrats to the winners and my fellow nominees. Maybe, I can bring that bad boy home next year.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What's Up Bear?

Here are some cover concepts for the new book.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Where's Bear Now...?

I'll give you a hint....

Happy New Year!

New year, new adventure. I'm lucky enough to do a second book with Owlkids and Sophie and Bear are back.

This is where I've been hibernating the past 4 months and now we're just about done. Here are some images from the new book, "What's Up Bear?", hitting shelves Fall '12. Sophie and Bear are in NYC and learning the concept of opposites as they visit familiar NY landmarks.

I literally just completed the final art so I'll update with some color once we're ready for print. In the meantime, this is what I've been up to.

We went with a lot more spreads in this one. All of these have been revised so the color images won't match exactly.

The last two are title page concepts, one of which ended up as the night table photo in the first spread.

Check for it this fall!

Check for me in the next post!