Tuesday, April 26, 2011

2011 Nautilus Silver Award for Fatty Legs!

The good news just keeps coming in! Fatty Legs received a 2011 Nautilus Silver Award. This is one of the most prestigious and hard-to-win international book competitions. I am very, very grateful to be involved with Fatty Legs and it's sequel A Stranger At Home. The Nautilus Awards recognizes books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living & positive social change, while at the same time they stimulate the "imagination" and offer the reader "new possibilities" for a better life and a better world. Previous winners are: Deepak Chopra, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Caroline Myss, Marianne Williamson, Gail Straub, Masaru Emoto, Susun Weed, Barbara Kingsolver, David McKay, Robert Kull, Ian Shive, and many others... speechless to be in such company.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Awards and reviews for Fatty Legs: A True Story

Fatty Legs has been on a remarkable run this past year. The book has been honored with many awards and stellar reviews.

  • Ten Best Children’s Books of 2010, The Globe and Mail
  • 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List
  • 2011 PubWest Book Design Awards, Bronze
  • Book of the Year Award finalist, ForeWord Reviews
  • Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize finalist
  • Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award nomination
  • Hackmatack Award nomination
  • Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award nomination
  • Cybils, Blogger Literary Award nomination


“A moving and believable account.”
—Kirkus Reviews,*starred review, 11/10

“An excellent addition to any biography collection, the book is fascinating and unique, and yet universal in its message.”
—School Library Journal, 12/10

“… presents a unique and enlightening glimpse into the residential school experience and, most importantly, one little girl’s triumph over her oppressors.”
—Quill & Quire, 11/10

“Margaret’s character is engaging—her persistence, her strength, and her curiosity touch the reader.”
—CM Magazine, 11/10

“This book is definitely worth having in a public library.”
—kidslit.menashalibrary.org, 13/1010

“The way Olemaun chooses to deal with her humiliation and face her tormentor is inspiring to anyone who has ever felt different.”
—edwardsmagazinebookclub.com, 11/18/10

“I highly recommend this book for the discussion it would stir with students … Makes the harrowing residential school stories accessible to youth.”
—Resource Links, 12/10

“This book makes the harrowing residential school stories accessible to youth.”
—papertigers.com, 02/11

“A perfect companion to the study of First Nations issues, this story helps readers empathize with a real person whose determination never waivers in the face of adversity.”
—professisonallyspeaking.ca, 03/11

”… will surely gain more and more attention as devoted readers share the gold it holds.”
—bookseedstudio.wordpress.com, 03/15/11 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"A Stranger At Home" Sequel to "Fatty Legs"

News is on the way!

Sorry my blog has gone static for so long! For the past seven months I've been working on the art to the sequel of Fatty Legs titled Stranger at Home from Annick Press coming out in Fall 2011. The art is all done now so I can post new art and information soon.
Love and Rockets!