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Groundwood Books
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9.3 X 12.1 X 0.6 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Marie-Louise Gay is a world-renowned author and illustrator of children's books. She has won many prestigious awards, including two Governor General's Awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award, and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her books have been translated into more than 15 languages and are loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal.


Winner of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
Finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration
Finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
Finalist for the Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature
Finalist for the Vancouver Children's Roundtable Information Book Award
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice
A White Ravens Selection
A Globe 100 Best Book
Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts

"The whimsical mixed-media illustrations invite exploration, and they include what appear to be handwritten, even cursive passages . . . A delightful and interactive step into the world of creating engaging picture books for children." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Running commentary from children and animals in the background of Gay's mixed-media spreads provides comedic moments as Gay encourages readers to push their own creative boundaries." -- Publishers Weekly

"The sideline commentary from some talkative cats and opinionated children contribute a light touch of humor, and the overall message--that creativity is messy and fun!--is empowering." -- Booklist

Praise for the author:
"Gay's watercolor, pencil, pastel, and collage illustrations fill each scene with a riot of details for children to pore over again and again. . . . A perfect summer's day bound in 32 pages." -- Kirkus Reviews