English / Canada
Gay, Marie-Louise (text/illus.)
Toronto [et al.]: Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press, 2014. –  p.
Storytelling – Creative writing – Illustration – Imagination – Picture book
Children are curious by nature. Therefore, writers and artists who do readings and workshops are regularly faced with endless questions about their lives, their works, and the world in general. Marie-Louise Gay, award-winning author and illustrator of the Stella-and-Sam series and many other books, was inspired by children’s inquisitiveness to create a book about how to create a book. In her trademark style of wriggly lines and soft watercolours accentuated by patches of bolder colours and collage, she addresses issues as diverse as colour choice, doodling, the mood of a story, words or phrases that inspire her, writer’s block, and many more. However this is not a dry, fact-filled instruction manual – far from it. Marie-Louise Gay devises a gang of eager child characters who accompany her on her journey through the forest of imagination and can try their hands at a fictional story that is embedded in the middle. This enchanting book is sure to unlock its readers’ creative powers immediately. (Age: 6+)