Authors and illustrators
In her own words: " I come from cowboys and I come from Queens. Let me explain. My grandfather's saddle was stored in the basement of our house in Portland, Oregon. I remember its leather smell and how it creaked when I straddled it – and his cowboy boots… My dad's job took us east when I was five, and we lived in a hotel in New York City, until we moved to a garden apartment in Queens.
When I was in Primary school, girls were not allowed to play with the blocks or trucks. Can you imagine that? My friends and brother and I built roads and villages for our Dinkey cars all the time. We made up scenes and acted them out. We made up games and stayed outside playing until the street lights came on. We didn't get into much trouble because somebody's mother always knew what we kids were up to. Our neighbours came from China, Russia, England and France. Some of them ended up in my books. My family and I - one husband, two sons, several combinations of cats and dogs, have lived in the country in upstate New York for 25 years or so, surrounded by trees and weedy gardens."
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Jakob Martin Strid
Jakob was born and grew up in Denmark. He began his career as a cartoonist and had his breakthrough with the general public with a daily strip entitled ‘Strid’ in the Copenhagen daily, Politiken. The strip’s main character’s diminutive body and large head with spiky hair is a cartoon version of himself. His satirical talent quickly won Strid a position as a controversial cartoonist.
The anti-authoritarian, humorous, and poetic blend continued in Strid’s children’s books, though in a form that was less harsh. There the political satire was transformed to an anarchistic, humorous tale with great sympathy for the foreigner and the outsider. With the picture book Little Frog (2005), Jakob Martin Strid won a picture book competition sponsored by the largest Danish publishing house, Gyldendal. The book went on to win the BØFA (a children's librarians' group) Cultural Honorary Award.
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Ben was born in Calgary, Canada but has spent almost 97% of his life on the west coast of British Columbia. Growing up in such a beautiful place inspired Ben at a young age to learn to create. In the first grade, he first realized that he could draw when he noticed that his letter 'O' looked like a character from a comic strip. It was all downhill from there! After graduating from Vancouver’s Capilano College's Illustration and Design program in 2007, Ben has been working as a freelance illustrator. Drawing has always been his passion and enjoys illustration as a career. Ben also works with his folk band, Adelaide, and will soon begin recording on an album...and enjoying the beauty of that part of the world that initially inspired him to be an artist.
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