Too Many Words

There's a good round-up of writers talking about writing for children at The Guardian this week. (I see that Steph popped in ahead of me already - I hope this means we can look forward to a children's book from her soon.)

I was discouraged, I must say, by the following comment from the article by Meg Rosoff and Linda Newberry:

"Don't be misled into thinking that picture books must be easy to write because there are so few words."

That's exactly why I write them.



There's a peach of a review of the new book at CM: Canadian Review of Materials here. I have to say that I think Gregory Bryan is an extremely astute reviewer of children's books. And by astute, I don't just mean that the he liked the book (although he did).

The book has also received a very nice nod from Susan Perren at the Globe.

But the best review of all came from my friend Glenda who cried when she read an advance copy.


Buy Olympia

I was pleased to see that the new book is now listed at Olympia Books because they always do such a wonderful job presentation-wise.

In fact, I'm almost tempted to buy one myself ... but then again, maybe this is what I really need:

You can also buy Matthew Porter's books and other products there.


I've Been Adopted!

Perhaps at my somewhat advanced age this shouldn't seem like such cause for delight, and yet it does!

I've been adopted by Alex Moorshead, who is the Festival Director for the Word on the Street (WOTS) Festival in Toronto as part of a fundraising program in which people are invited to pay a hundred dollars to "adopt" their own featured festival author. Thanks so much, Alex.

I'll be reading in the Children's Reading Tent on Sunday afternoon at 1 PM. And I'll be ever so happy to see any friendly faces who have time to drop by.



Look what I found on my desktop this morning....

I think somebody's working on his Christmas wish list again.

In other (semi-related) news, we are intrigued by reports that Eoin Colfer is to write the sixth installment in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.



How lovely is this?

Sidewall: Oranges and Lemons Say the Bells of St. Clements; Designed by Dorothy Hilton; Manufactured by Jeffrey & Company; London, England, 1902; Machine-printed on paper; Gift of Empire Wall-Paper Company, 1946-97-2; Photo: Matt Flynn

From an exhibit called Wall Stories: Children's Wallpaper and Books. Thanks to Educating Alice for the link.


Touch Wood and Whistle

If you are in Vancouver this month then lucky you! You can go and see Julie Morstad's new solo show at Atelier Gallery.

Games 1, 2008
watercolour & ink on paper
13.5 x 11 in. $1450

Hoist the Flag, 2008
watercolour & ink on paper
20.5 x 25 in. $1900

Ambush 1, 2008
watercolour & ink on paper
22 x 30 in. $2100

Julie Morstad, Touch Wood and Whistle
runs September 4, 2008 - September 28, 2008.

Here's some info on the show from the Atelier site:

Touch Wood and Whistle will feature 10 new ink and watercolour drawings, exploring the theme of children's games.

Morstad's delicately rendered lines and assured sense of colour evoke an eerie nostalgia as she channels illustrations from children's books and exposes their underlying darkness. She states that when creating her whimsically wicked ink and watercolour drawings, "hazy memories of childhood fuel much of my recent work, and the narratives of fairytales and folklore are ones that I have drawn upon repeatedly. Being a child of the age of the commoditized and marketable fairytale, my drawings reflect both an unabashed delight in the preciousness of this narrative as well as a conscious subversion of the same."