my blog 2009

January 6, 2009


Ink and watercolour. All digital. I drew it for my daughter because she wanted to try “drawing like daddy” on the computer. I printed a black and white version for her to colour with markers. She enjoyed it. It’s not nearly as cool as the strange drawings she came up with while trying to use my WACOM tablet for the first time.

January 12, 2009

Quill and Quire/Boo Hoo Bird

In the event that you live in Canada and happen to be near a well stocked book/magazine shop you need to pick up the latest issue of Quill and Quire. Not only does it feature some very talented children’s illustrators (including yours truly), but it’s also got a starred review of Boo Hoo Bird. I’ll see if I can post it here on my blog one of these days. It’s the first “official” review and gives the book a glowing recommendation.

January 15, 2009

Shelf Elf

I just made a banner for Shelf Elf’s blog. Go and check it out. She has a great kit lit blog where she reviews lots of fantastic books. Ages ago she asked, very nicely, if I might create a banner for her (and she offered me cookies). It only took the better part of a year to get around to doing it. She wrote a very enthusiastic endorsement of it here. Thanks Shelf Elf!

January 19, 2009

About Grumpy Bird

A little while back I received a very nice email from my friend Kathy Stinson (a wonderful children’s writer). She was giving a talk at a writing conference and wanted to know if she could use Grumpy Bird in her presentation, which was about writing good picture books. I was flattered! Anyway, she wanted to know a little about the process of writing the book. Specifically she was interested to know which came first, the words or the pictures or both at once. So, just for fun, I thought I’d share my response with you, dear blog readers, in the unlikely event that you might care about such things:

The idea came from Hermione when she was three and half. I was sitting on the couch in my studio when she sat beside me and demanded that I draw grumpy things in my sketchbook. She wanted a grumpy lion, a grumpy snake, a grumpy clock, a grumpy bear and a grumpy bird. I don’t often laugh when I’m drawing but the picture of the bird was so silly that we both started laughing. I decided right then and there that I would write a story about a bird who is so grumpy that he can’t fly. Instead he goes for a walk and has an adventure along the way. I thought it would be funny if all the other animals didn’t notice his mood and thought he was having fun and joined him for the walk.

I found writing very, very difficult (I still do) so began writing not with a computer or pen or pencil, but with a brush — the same tool I draw with. This made the writing feel more like an act of art making and therefore less intimidating. I wrote a horrible first draft this way. Actually I wrote only half the story since I didn’t have an ending. Then I stopped writing and drew a bunch of pictures (when in doubt, procrastinate or distract). Then I came back to writing and made up tonnes of thumbnails using tiny drawings and often just single words on each spread. So, with half a manuscript and a pile of thumbnails and book-maps (thumbnails with single words instead of pictures) I started assembling a dummy, both writing and drawing at the same time. The first dummy was a very fast process and took about one day to complete (a method that I’ve employed on all my projects since — work fast and don’t think too hard, the thinking can come later).

At this point I showed it to my editor. The funny thing is I almost didn’t show it. Tracy (Mack) my editor at Scholastic was interested in seeing if I could write. I went to New York with a stack of manuscripts from Peter’s writing class (and a few from beyond the writing class). Tracy politely read everything and made little comments. I didn’t show her Grumpy Bird because I’d spent so little time on it (relative to everything else I’d done). At the end of an hour and a half meeting she asked if I had anything else. With Peter’s voice ringing in the back of my head, “Don’t show her that book Jeremy, you know you hardly spent any time on it!” I pulled the dummy tentatively out of my bag and showed her (Peter didn’t actually say that but I imagined that he would if he’d seen me put that dummy together). Tracy laughed. Then she laughed some more. A week later she emailed to say she wanted it but that it required some work. We edited it, I redrew the dummy and made two sample spreads and got a book deal! Voila!

I’m not sure that I agree about its brilliance, but the whole project was a stroke of inspired spontaneity and silliness. I still marvel that something so (relatively) unpolished can make it to press. Since then both my editors and agent have suggested that they’d like to see only the projects that come together in such a quick and spontaneous way. It seems to work for me. But waiting for those moments is difficult. And creating them is even more difficult. But all this probably speaks to my lack of experience. I’ve a lot to learn.

For the most part I believe that making picture books, for me at any rate, is a process of writing and drawing at the same time. My text seems to need the pictures in order to thrive and the pictures need the words. It’s a good marriage, but not one without its tensions. I have all the confidence in the world in my illustration skills, but not in my writing. I have to work much harder on the words than the art, but perhaps it’s that hard work that’s paying off in the final product.

I’ve been very lucky with Grumpy Bird. I’m looking forward to launching my new one, Boo Hoo Bird, in the spring. It’s a better read-aloud than Grumpy Bird, so I must be learning something!

January 20, 2009

Creature relaxing

From the Shelf Elf banner: this is the creature. Ink, Photoshop and Painter.

February 5, 2009

Another fox

Like the title of this blog entry: it’s another picture of a fox. I found it on my hard drive and realized that I’ve never used it before. No time like the present, I say!

February 5, 2009

Boo Hoo Bird in Canada

Boo Hoo Bird hit Canadian bookstores at the end of last week. So, if you live in Canada and you’re reading this blog and you loved Grumpy Bird (or if you love me), then you need to stop whatever it is that you’re doing and go to a bookstore RIGHT NOW!!!! Go. Now. No, don’t have lunch first. Just go. It’s worth it. The book looks amazing (a credit to my fabulous creative team at Scholastic) and is a really fun read. Many who have seen it have told me that it’s my best book yet.

The book will be officially released in April in the United States. That means it should be in stores sometime in mid to late March. Why the separate release dates for Canada and the USA? Scholastic Canada asked Scholastic US if they could release it early for a variety of reasons. Suits me fine! Now, go get yourself a copy.

February 17, 2009


This is kind of last minute: if you’re in the Ottawa area on Wednesday, February 18th, I’ll be dropping by Kaleidoscope Kids Books between 10 and 11 in the morning. I’m mostly dropping in to say “hello” and sign some books, so it’s not really an event. But if you’d like to get a personalized book or something I’d love to see you.

February 24, 2009


I like this one more than I probably should. One of those rare drawings where the background just “happened”. I was despairing of it coming together, it didn’t look good for a while there. Then suddenly it came right. I love it when that happens.

February 24, 2009

Parents Magazine

Grumpy Bird made Parents Magazine’s “5 books to promote good behavior”. March 2009 issue of Parents Magazine. Good timing with Boo Hoo Bird hitting stores at the end of March across the USA.

Also, I’ll be on tour at the end of March. I’ll be heading to Minneapolis, Chicago and Seattle. I’ll try and post my tour schedule on my blog before I head out.

March 5, 2009

Earl Haig Book Sale and Festival

Just a quick heads up if you live in Toronto, or will be in Toronto this coming weekend: I’ll be attending a Reading Festival and Book Sale on Saturday, March 7th from 10am to 2pm at Earl Haig Junior Public School (located at 15 Earl Haig Avenue). There will be some great deals on used books as well as activities for the kids and their parents. I’ll be doing a little presentation/reading around 1:00 at the event.

March 5, 2009

Boo Hoo Bird in Toronto Star

Boo Hoo Bird just got reviewed by Deirdre Baker in last weekend’s Toronto Star. You can read it on their website here. Or, for your convenience, I’ve also posted it below. But she has some other great reviews on the Star’s website, including Melanie Watt’s latest Scaredy Squirrel outing, Scaredy Squirrel at Night. Thanks for the great review, Deirdre!

In Boo Hoo Bird, sequel to Jeremy Tankard’s Grumpy Bird, Bird once more endures s a welter of forceful emotions, this time when he gets bonked on the head while playing catch. A hug, a cookie, a game, a Band-Aid … nothing seems to work as Bird bawls so relentlessly that eventually all his friends join him in lachrymose solidarity. Only when Bird realizes he has reduced Raccoon, Sheep, Fox, Rabbit and Beaver to tears does he perk up – to find that it’s not so easy to comfort them.

Tankard’s rudimentary creatures, drawn with thick, black lines and sporting big white eyes, parade across tangerine and lime-coloured pages. Such larger-than-life vividness suits the magnitude of the emotion here, just right for the world of small children who suffer daily tragedies and blisses.

March 13, 2009

Boo Hoo Bird Book Launch

I’ll be holding a launch party for Boo Hoo Bird this coming Monday (March 16th). If you’re in T.O. and want to come by please do. The event will be at ten feet tall again. 5-9pm.

March 13, 2009

Signing at AGO

This is super last minute: I’ll be signing at the AGO tomorrow (Saturday the 14th) at 11:30. Okay, the signing is last minute at all, it’s been planned for a while now, but I was beset by some oral woes that have got me a little behind on organizing/planning/blogging — hence the short notice. And hey, even if you don’t feel like seeing me (and getting signed books) it’s worth dropping in just to see the gorgeous new Frank Gehry building.

March 24, 2009


I’m on the road at the moment, touring through some American cities to promote the release of Boo Hoo Bird.

The following are public appearances on the tour. It would be awesome if you, dear blog reader, are able to make it to any of these appearances:

Chicago, IL:

March 25: Apple Store Presentation: Made on a Mac / Apple Store at 679 Michigan Ave / 7:00 — 8:00 pm

Minneapolis, MN:

March 27th: Wild Rumpus Books / 2720 West 43rd St. / 4:00 — 5:00 pm

St. Paul, MN

March 28th: Red Balloon Bookstore / 891 Grand Avenue /

Seattle, WA:

March 30: Apple Store Presentation: Made on a Mac / Apple Store at 2656 NE University Village Street / 7:00 — 8:00 pm

March 31: University Bookstore / 4326 University Way NE / 10:30 — 11:30 am

March 31 (again): Secret Garden Bookstore / 2214 NW Market St. / 7:00 — 8:00 pm

And that’s it!!!! Phew!!!!

March 28, 2009


I brought my watercolours on tour with me. I’ve not done as many paintings as I’d hoped, but I painted this in my sketchbook while testing my colours. Perhaps I’ll post one or two of my other paintings too as well.

April 3, 2009

Nice online review

I found this nice review of Boo Hoo Bird a couple of days ago. Thanks Becky!

April 7, 2009

Monster! EEK!!

I drew this monster in Seattle while presenting to a group of grade seven and eight students at St. Matthew’s School. It’s funny, I’ve been drawing a similar monster for a while but never as a “completed” illustration. The students all loved it and I do too. So for your viewing pleasure, here’s a monster (with blood-shot eyes to make him look spookier). I’d like to take a moment to say thanks to all the students at St. Matthew’s School for making me feel so welcome and for helping make such a great presentation. It was my last event on the tour and a great way to finish-up. Like putting a big exclamation point on the end of the tour.

April 7, 2009

Newspaper article

While on tour recently I visited the Eastport Early Learning Center in Michigan City, Indiana. The center is an amazing place with hundreds of preschool students. It was easily the largest event I’ve ever done for such a young audience (I think there were close to 250 kids!). An intimidatingly big crowd of small people. Luckily the event went smoothly, especially once I just accepted that with so many small people in a room at once there would always be a little bit of chit-chat. Actually the kids were pretty amazing and there were, thankfully, a lot of adults helping out and keeping the wiggly-bottomed masses relatively still and quiet. The presentation had a good energy and lots of kids had questions for me. Or comments. Lots of comments. I was tickled that a handful of parents also came out for the event. It felt like a real EVENT. Anyway, the News Dispatch wrote-up a nice newspaper article about the event. Check it out!

April 14, 2009

Armchair Interviews Review

Andrea Sisco of Armchair Interviews just gave me this fabulous review of Boo Hoo Bird. I’m honored to be considered someones “new favorite children’s author”.

April 14, 2009


A second sketch uploaded within a week?!!?!??? What’s wrong with me!!! I thought of saving it and building up a little library of images so I can update more regularly when I haven’t got anything new to post. Then I thought, “Nah, I like this picture so I’ll post it now.” Perhaps it’ll encourage me to post more images more frequently. That would be nice! I can dream.

Painted entirely in Photoshop (except the bunny, who was drawn on paper and coloured in Photoshop). I like how it turned out and opens up some possibilites for future digital colouring and painting.

April 20, 2009

More Boo Hoo Reviews

Two more reviews to link to today. This first one has a great photo of a 3 year old reading Boo Hoo Bird. And the second one is from the University of Manitoba Review of Materials website. Also a nice review.

May 1, 2009

Time Out New York Kids

There doesn’t seem to be an online version of this review, but I just got a very nice mention in Time Out New York Kids. I hope they don’t mind if I transcribe it here. Reviewed by Jen Nails in the May 2009 issue of Time Out Kids:

Echoing themes from his first book, Grumpy Bird, mood master Jeremy Tankard succeeds again with Boo Hoo Bird (Scholastic, $15; ages 3 to 5). When Raccoon accidentally bonks Bird’s head with a ball, Bird’s posse, including Fox, Beaver and Sheep, comes to the rescue. Despite each animal’s solace, Bird’s owie stubbornly remains, and his crying intensifies. What pulls Bird from the depths? Seeing all his friends sob when their efforts to comfort him fail. The bold colors and simple figures in Tankard’s ink-and-digital-media artwork recall Gumby and Pokey.

May 5, 2009

Panda in Garden again

Panda’s garden has grown a bit since the last time we saw him.

May 10, 2009

Two Nice Reviews of Boo Hoo Bird

Two nice Boo Hoo Bird reviews to start your day. First from the Globe and Mail, here; and the second from a blog, here. Have a good day!

May 13, 2009

Another profile

This isn’t the most recent drawing by a long shot but I found it on my hard drive in a folder with other presentation sketches. These are drawings that I’ve done while talking to children in schools or libraries. I like this one.

May 15, 2009

A Me Hungry! Review!

A very kind review of ME HUNGRY! from CM Magazine online. Please to read.

May 31, 2009

Epic, Simple

This is one of the nicest articles that anyone has written about me so far. Sonja Bolle of the LA Times wrote a great review of Boo Hoo Bird but also included a part of an interview that we did over the phone. The resulting article is very flattering and she says some very kind things about yours truly here. Thanks Sonja! I’m honored. We discussed all three of my books when we talked. It was a great opportunity to reflect on the books and realize how much I’ve learned from them and from the amazing people I work with. And nice to have an article that links all three projects together. Now go read it!

May 31, 2009


Dear blog readers,

In case you noticed that there haven’t been any updates in a while, there’s a good reason: my wife and daughter and I welcomed a new member of the family a couple of weeks ago. Theo Tankard was born on May 16th. He’s very cute and I’ve been enjoying having a baby in the house again. Needless to say it’s put a bit of a dent in my work, but that’s to be expected. In the next few weeks I’ll be getting back on my feet again and will hopefully be back to semi-regular blogging (and more regular writing, sketching and drawing).

Stick around.


June 9, 2009

LA Lakers

I recently found this interesting article on the NBA website. How cool is it to get a mention in an article about the LA Lakers basketball team? And then, if you watch the video, you’ll get a couple glimpses of Grumpy Bird being read to kids by a Laker!

June 12, 2009

Another Beaver

The kids at Westcreek Public School asked if I could post this image for them. So… here it is. I touched it up a little, but not much. I hope you still like it! Thanks for hosting me for a morning. I had a great time. I hope you did too.

June 16, 2009


A digital drawing to start the day.

June 18, 2009

a monster passing in the night

One hour warm-up drawing. Photoshop and Painter X.

July 8, 2009

Monkeyshines Event

Hi folks, sorry for the lack of updates. I blame having a new baby which is taking its toll on my blog updates. But this is a timely update as I have an event to tell you about. If you’re in the Calgary area please come to Monkeyshines Bookstore on Saturday, July 11th at 10:30 in the morning. I’ll be doing a little reading, drawing and signing. I would love it to be a big and crazy event.

Monkeyshines is located at: 113, 2215 - 33rd Ave. SW.

July 21, 2009

Boo Hoo on Seven Impossible Things Blog

Boo Hoo Bird was featured on the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog this past weekend. I meant to post about it but have been a little preoccupied while on my vacation (yes, I’m still out of the studio). This was a really fun feature to write as they said all they wanted to hear from me was my thoughts about Boo Hoo Bird. So I wrote some little factoids and included some previously unpublished art from the book (art from some early dummies). Anyway, it was fun reflecting on all the work that went into it. I hope you find something interesting in it. Happy Tuesday!

July 29, 2009


July 29, 2009

Good quote

You have to write whichever book it is that wants to be written. And then, if it’s going to be too difficult for grownups, you write it for children. — Madelaine L’Engle

July 31, 2009

Rabbit -- close up

Happy Friday!

August 4, 2009

Recent reviews

A review of Boo Hoo Bird from PB Planet. As well I received this LOVELY review of Grumpy Bird the other day from Yet Another Children’s Book Blog (that’s actually the blog’s name, I’m not being rude). Made me smile.

August 26, 2009

Raccoon Close-up

Happy Wednesday.

September 3, 2009


Happy Thursday to all of you. This is a character from a possible upcoming project. Possibly. Maybe.

September 16, 2009

Recent Grumpy Bird Review

Grumpy Bird is STILL being reviewed! How lucky am I? Very lucky, that’s what. I love all my book reviewers. Where would I be without your ringing endorsements for my silly books? I’d probably be working somewhere. And probably not having nearly as much fun.

September 16, 2009

More Reviews

A nice endorsement for ME HUNGRY! from a nice library in Virginia Beach.

September 16, 2009

A Pile of Reviews

Here is a big pile of reviews that I don’t think I’ve posted yet. Or maybe I did. Not sure and too lazy to reread my whole blog looking for them. Enjoy! Love, Jeremy.

Quill and Quire.

Book Reviews and More.

Good Reads.

Arm Chair Interviews.

Mark Leslie.

Fish Bowl Fanatics.

September 16, 2009


A pirate! I drew this pirate on the back of an envelope containing a card for a friend of mine. I like pirates.

October 5, 2009

Baker's Dozen 2009

I don’t know how this slipped through un-blogged (actually I do, it’s called Having a New Baby in your House) so here it is, late to the party as usual. ME HUNGRY! was been selected by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book for the their Baker’s Dozen list of The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy for 2009. How nice is that? Pretty nice, that’s now nice. You can view the list online here. I’m in good company with Ruth Ohi, Kevin Henkes, Bob Graham and Edel Rodriguez.

Grumpy Bird made the 2007 list.

Here are links to the books on Amazon if you’re interested. They are all great books:

Chicken, Pig, Cow (A Ruth Ohi Picture Book) by Ruth Ohi.

A Child’s Day: An Alphabet of Play by Ida Pearle.

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea.

The Doghouse by Jan Thomas.

Fabulous Fishes by Susan Stockdale.

Friends and Pals and Brothers, Too by Sarah Wilson, Illustrated by Leo Landry.

How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham.

A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann.

Life of a Car by Susan Steggall.

Old Bear by Kevin Henkes.

One by Kathryn Otoshi.

Sergio Makes a Splash by Edel Rodriguez.

Me Hungry! by Jeremy Tankard.

October 9, 2009


Inspired by my good friend Aaron Linton. I’ve always had a thing for robots.

October 14, 2009

Some thoughts about illustrators

I just read David Elzey’s blog about children’s illustrators of the 60’s and 70’s. He makes some excellent observations. I was going to post a comment on it, but I don’t have a blogger or google account (and don’t really want one) so will post my response here:

Hi David,

What an interesting blog. It’s always good to see the work of past illustrators and authors being discussed. Too many get lost and forgotten, presumably because their books aren’t being reprinted. I’m honored to be mentioned alongside the likes of the Provensens, Mary Blair and David Ezra Stein. How nice is that? I’m a HUGE fan of the Provensens and, only recently for some reason, of Mary Blair.

There’s a sameness to many of the illustrators of that era. I wonder if we’ll be looking back on the current crop of illustrators in a few years and seeing a sameness in their work as well. Hmmm… It’s my big fear with working digitally: since digital artists are all reliant on the same tools it seems natural that our work would all have a sameness. I learned much of my craft from studying Dave McKean’s amazing use of Photoshop. I’m pleased to see him stepping back from the heavy reliance on Photoshop tricks and back into drawing (which he is truly gifted at). I would like to think that by not forgetting my own love of drawing my work will somehow distance itself from other digital illustrators. I guess what makes folks like the Provensens drawings stand up so well is their true skill with their tools. It might look a little dated but it holds up well because they’re just so GOOD. Perhaps that’s what makes so many of their books classics.

You know another illustrator whose work I adore? Gyo Fujikawa. She was apparently one of the earliest children’s illustrators to include children of different races in her books. Perhaps being Japanese American she saw the lack of other races in American children’s books at the time? I think she’s amazing. She was probably one of the earliest illustrators whose drawings I become aware of. Even as a child I knew I’d like a book if her illustrations graced the pages.

October 16, 2009

Tigery Thing

I’ve been drawing some animals in my sketchbook lately. I’m not exactly sure what this thing is, but it’s kind of tigery. Perhaps even sabre-toothy. I’m including the original “un-cleaned-up” scan as well as the colored version. It’s not really a finished drawing, but it’s got a quality that I kind of like. That’s why I colored it and uploaded it here.


October 22, 2009

Design for Baby

Grumpy and Boo Hoo are featured on the Design {for} Baby website. It’s a pretty great website that features reviews of interesting products designed for babies and toddlers. They love my Bird books. Go take a look! And, of course, have a great day.

October 23, 2009

Panda Watering Garden

I love trees. They are probably my single favourite thing to draw. Why? They’re beautiful and wild. Perhaps more than any other object I draw inspiration from them. They live and breathe. They’re solid yet flexible. They can live for hundreds of years. They are nature’s art. I drew Panda watering it. He seems to be a recurring character on this blog. Dunno why. I like that he seems to take care of things. I fancy the tree being part of his garden.

Panda: ink, photoshop, painter 11

Tree and background: painter 11 and photoshop



November 9, 2009

Robots in Nature

I’m not completely happy with this piece. But I spent enough time on it that I’d rather post it, despite its flaws, than let it languish on my hard drive. Besides it might grow on me. What don’t I like about it? Well, basically the big problem with it is the composition: too “central”. What I do like about it is the richness of some of the painting. I like the foreground, flowers, foliage, etc… Perhaps you will enjoy it.

I was going to post a WIP to show the piece in its various stages of development, but since I don’t love it I’ll save the WIP for another day and another (better) piece. I’ve developed some interesting new techniques combining Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop though. And this piece was another experiment to get used to these techniques. Hopefully I’ll find a use for them in an upcoming book!

Robots: Ink and Corel Painter

Landscape: Painter and Photoshop




November 9, 2009


I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who turned out for my Packaging Your Imagination workshop on Saturday. I felt the talk went pretty well and I really enjoyed talking with everyone who stayed to chat afterwards. My apologies if I didn’t spend enough time on the nitty-gritty of technique and technology. But I think most of you are well on your way with your art anyway and have a good idea of what you want to do with it — I’d be preaching to the converted. I felt that the business side of the talk was more practical (and that’s what most of you were looking for in the workshop anyway). So, I hope I was able to shed a little light on it for you. It’s funny, I’ve learned by making lots of mistakes over the years and have really learned the hard way. It would make me very happy if you, dear workshop attendees, are able to avoid some of my missteps. And for me it was also a great opportunity to see just how far I’ve come over the years. I’ve actually learned something!

And I hope everyone had a great day after my workshop. I enjoyed sitting in on workshops by Heather Collins and Shane Peacock. Why Shane Peacock I hear you asking? Is Jeremy not an illustrator first? I decided to sit in on Shane’s workshop because I’m writing a much bigger work right now — a chapter book. Although I think the bulk of the writing is finished at this point I still feel like I need all the help and advice I can get from those who have experience with longer works. Shane’s workshop was good. He’s an engaging speaker and had some excellent tips and thoughts about writing. And Heather Collins? Well, she’s a fine illustrator. Since her style is very realistic I wanted to hear a little about how another illustrator approaches their work.

And then the keynote address was by none other than Kenneth Oppel. His talk, although he claimed he would neither enlighten nor inspire, was delightful and inspiring. He finished his talk with a couple photos of Roald Dahl’s studio. Now that’s inspiring! He worked in the most unlikely, and probably unhealthy, places — his garden shed. Hilarious.

November 12, 2009

Newfoundland Events

Hello to anyone in Newfoundland who might be reading this blog! I’ll be on tour next week and making a number of public appearances in your beautiful province. Here is a list of my public library:

Pasadena Public Library on Monday, November 16 at 10:30am (709) 686-2792

Bishops Falls Public Library on Tuesday, November 17 at 3:30pm (709) 258-6244

Ross King Memorial Public Library Mount Pearl on Thursday, November 19 at 10:30am (709) 368-3603

A.C Hunter Children’s Library Arts & Culture Centre, St. John’s on Friday, November 20 at 11:00am (709) 737-3953

Please come out and said “hello”. It would make me very happy if you did that.

November 26, 2009

Toronto Library First and Best 2009

Boo Hoo Bird made the Toronto Public Library’s First and Best list for 2009. I can’t find a link to the TPL website so I’ll post a link to the Newswire press release. Hooray!!! Go Bird go!!!!

December 9, 2009

Connecticut Library Consortium Best Books of 2009

Both Boo Hoo Bird and Grumpy Bird made the Connecticut Library Consortium’s list of Best Books for Babies and Toddlers for 2009 (as recommended by librarians). Here’s a link to a PDF on their site. Have I mentioned how much I love librarians recently? Well, I love librarians. Thank you Connecticut librarians! I love you lots.

December 9, 2009

Parents Magazine Best of 2009

Boo Hoo Bird made Parents Magazine’s 20 Best Children’s Books list for 2009. I can’t seem to find a link though so you’ll just have to take my word for it. Nice! Go Bird Go!!!!

December 9, 2009

Boo Hoo Bird in CM Magazine

A really nice review of Boo Hoo Bird in CM Magazine that I seem to have missed. Or I think missed. I’m too lazy to go through my archives and look for it. Enjoy! Thank you David Jenkinson!

December 11, 2009

Best Picture Books of the Decade

Library Lady has posted her list of the Best Picture Books of the Decade. I was very happy to see Grumpy Bird on her list. Thanks Library Lady! You’re very kind. Check out her other recent blog entries, she’s doing lists of other “best of the decade” books (chapter books, novels, etc…).

December 17, 2009

Ash Books Best for 2009

Ash Books Book Community has just released their list of Best Books for 2009 (note that it’s not best books from 2009). Boo Hoo Bird made the list. How nice! And extra nice to be in the esteemed company of one EH Shepard. Yes sir, I like it.

December 17, 2009

Dangerous Dog

I love this drawing of a dog with a briefcase. I like the implication that he’s carrying something dangerous.

I tried a few different things with him but I think I like him best on a plain white background. I like the photo quite a lot, but I’m not sure if it does much for the overall image. I’m including the original version as well, the one without the DANGER symbol.

Dog: Corel Painter 11

Forest: Photograph and Adobe Photoshop




December 22, 2009


Another dog picture. The photo in the background is old, taken on a digital camera that was one its last legs. However it has a quality that I really enjoy — all those thin lines from the old image sensor as it was deteriorating. Neat.

December 31, 2009

Dog, Girl, Umbrella

One last picture for 2009. Happy New Year!!!! Thanks for another year of reading my blog, everyone!

love, jeremy xoxo