Blogging for a Cure, Day 13

h1 October 27th, 2007 by jules

Below is the Robert’s Snow illustrator-and-snowflake feature schedule for Saturday, October 27 (scroll down after clicking “read the rest of this entry”).

Featured here is Patrick Girouard’s snowflake for this year’s auction, entitled “Fishmas Tree Topper” (*). I am not familiar with Patrick’s work, so I can’t very well get behind it with a “rah! rah!” or even tell you that I don’t care for it. I have no opinion, as I’ve never seen one of his books. But here’s some info, straight from his web site, if you’re interested in this snowflake (look at that Fishmas Tree!):

“When Patrick was growing up his teachers constantly scolded him for drawing monsters in class. Many years later he illustrated his very first book, Halloween Holiday Grab Bag, and got to put those monsters to good use. In the days since, he has illustrated over seventy books for children. They include More or Less a Mess, Yikes-Lice! (Science Books and Films Best Books), I Have A Weird Brother Who Digested A Fly (Society of School Librarians International Honor Book), and Paul Bunyan. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Sesame Street Magazine, USA Today, Kid City, Spider, Weekly Reader, and Instructor Magazine.”

And here’s his very colorful portfolio. I see, after a bit of research, that he also illustrated Halloween by Alice K. Flanagan (Compass Point Books, 2001). There’s an older title for you — just in time for the upcoming holiday.

Patrick’s snowflake will be auctioned off in Auction 1 from November 19 to 23.

Reminder that in this below schedule, the illustrator’s name links to his/her website, but click on the blog to be taken to that blogger’s snowflake/illustrator feature:

Saturday, October 27, 2007:

{Note: Libby’s feature of Ginger Nielson at Miss O’s School Library was featured later in the day yesterday; if you missed it, it’s here}.

Did you see yesterday’s features? I wish I had time to point out some highlights from all of them, as I enjoyed reading each one. I can’t say enough good things about David Ezra Stein, as featured at HipWriterMama. Honestly, that was one feature I was really looking forward to; I think he’s one of the most exciting new illustrators to come along lately. And I love what he said about what he does:

All I know is that the picture book form is very close to my heart, and when I look at the bookshelves in the store I just know there’s room for me up there. It’s like there’s a big conversation going on, and I have something to say that I need to add to it!

And don’t miss Cece Bell’s write-up on her observations of the work of Juli Kangas at Sam Riddleburger’s blog. It’s a good read.

Thanks to each and every participating blogger for these snowflake/illustrator features.

As I say every single day in case you’ve missed it, don’t forget this new page here at 7-Imp, updated daily, which lists all the illustrator features thus far in one spot, and it’s turning into a handy-dandy, way-cool illustrator resource for us Picture Book Nerds.

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* In case this is the first time you’re reading about the Blogging for a Cure effort, the illustrators and snowflakes that participating bloggers are featuring are only the ones that the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute had ready to go when this multi-blog event was organized. Remember that you can see all of the snowflakes at the Robert’s Snow auction site. There are many more beautiful snowflakes by more talented children’s book illustrators.

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5 comments to “Blogging for a Cure, Day 13”

  1. [...] Seven Imp- Patrick Girouard [...]


  2. I love sealife, and the fish schooling into a tree is too cute! The stylized waves are also quite cool, and the fact that the octopus is both on the back and front is sheer genius. Don’t know a thing about this guy either, but I’m now motivated to find out!


  3. I am VERY familiar with Patrick’s work. Not only is he a talented illustrator but he’s also a very personable friendly guy. I am the proud owner of the snowflake that Patrick created for the first Robert’s Snow auction. When I called Patrick to tell him my exciting news (that I had just won his snowflake), he told me that he would visit my classroom as a “thank you” for participating in this worthy cause. Not only did he visit with my first-grade students, but he did several drawings using the overhead projector. He talked about his career and answered every question asked by my curious little kiddos. Be sure to visit Patrick’s website – you’ll learn a lot about him!


  4. Cool, Carol. Thanks!


  5. [...] Patrick Girouard at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast [...]


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