Back to School!

Seven schools in six towns! Courtesy of the Young Alberta Book Society’s Taleblazers Author Tour, I talked to hundreds of kids about writing and illustrating books in October. Here are some on-the-spot-portraits I made of some of my audience. A big thank you to teachers and librarians of Swan Hills, Lendrum, Holy Family, Father Scollen, Magrath, Foremost and Turner Valley for hosting me!

THE CHICKEN THAT GOT AWAY

One day, an editor sent me a manuscript for a counting book about chickens.

"Carolyn," she said, "We'll pay you to make some chicken character sketches. And if you can evoke our vision of these chickens - completely adorable without being the tiniest bit cutesy - we'll give you the contract for the book."

I sent my sketches to the editor. "Hmmmmm," she said. "Not cute enough. Think of your face when you hug a puppy."

I hugged puppies.

I flapped my wings.

I grew yellow fuzzy feathers.

But I didn't get the job.

I wonder if they ever found the right illustrator for the text?