Michael Martchenko has always loved to draw. He started off drawing new pictures for his
favourite comic books, then went to art school and became the art director at an advertising agency. His first
picture book was Robert Munsch's The Paper Bag Princess
. Now he writes and illustrates picture books full
his studio in Toronto, Ontario. He has collaborated with Robert Munsch on many titles, including, Mmm, Cookies!
, We Share
, Alligator Baby
, Makeup Mess
, Up, Up,
, Andrew’s Loose Tooth
, More Pies
. He has also illustrated his own books, and such popular titles as
. Michael loves to include sub-plots and visual jokes in
his books -- watch for the chickens in
, and see if you can spot Michael and Robert Munsch at the bus stop in More Pies
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Husband and wife team Alan and Lea Daniel paint together in their house in Kitchener,
Ontario. Their own children, pets, friends and furniture often appear in their illustrations. They have illustrated
several books for Scholastic, including the Robert Munsch titles Get Out of Bed
, Aaron’s Hair
and Canadian Pioneers. They were nominated for the Governor General's Award for Illustration for
their book Sody Salleratus
Janet Wilson is the award-winning illustrator of more than forty children’s books,
including Lighthouse: A Story of Remembrance
, In Flanders Fields
and Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt
She is known for her sensitive portraits of children and adults. Janet lives in Eden Mills, Ontario.
“Janet Wilson's exquisite cover illustration of Lighthouse sets the tone…. Wilson's gift is facial
expressions, and her poignant oil on canvas renderings of Sarah's face as she deals with her sorrow are nothing
short of brilliant.”
Eugenie Fernandes loved exploring the outdoors and making her own little books when she
was young. As an adult she has combined these interests by creating books such as Ribbon Rescue
, The Tree that Grew
to the Moon
, Waves in the Bathtub
, One More Pet
Grandpa Dan's Toboggan Ride
Eugenie is part of a very artistic family. Her father was a comic book illustrator, her husband, Henry Fernandes,
is a picture book illustrator who collaborated with her on the book Ordinary Amos and the Amazing Fish
her two children are also artists. Eugenie lives near Peterborough, Ontario, where she works in a studio that is
surrounded by water and woods.
A Message from Eugenie Fernandes
Here is what I want to know.
Did you have a bath last night?
Did waves roll over your head?
Do you have a gigantic tree growing beside your bed?
Would you like a toboggan ride?
Would you, could you climb and hide in the branches of a tree?
I like you. Do you like me?
I like sunshine melting snow,
bugs and frogs, and did you know
that I had vegetables for lunch
with Smudge, my cat, and Robert Munsch?
Smudge had crackers. Bob had tea. I drew things for him to see.
Pictures for his book, Ribbon Rescue. Take a look.
I like painting. Reading too. Sailing, and the colour blue.
Blue on berries. Blue on birds.
I like fiddling with words.
Words like skittle and skedaddle, stupefy and fiddle-faddle.
Now there's something I should tell. I wish I knew how to spell.