Sunday, September 13, 2009

There's a GOLDFISH In My Shoe!

What?  Is it really a whole year since the first picture book came out?

Apparently, yes.  And now the second one is in bookstores.

I like to believe that the story is fun, but it's the off-the-wall zaniness of the illustrations that I think will really appeal to children.  They are wild and crazy and quirky enough to delight kids and adults alike.

In his second adventure, Oscar Ollie Brown tries to figure out why it's not always a good idea to do exactly what his mother tells him to!

For example, when Oscar's mom tires of his endless chatter and tells him to hold his tongue ...

A tongue is rather hard to hold
But boys like me do what we're told
I used both hands and got it tight
And held my tongue with all my might.

Then, as I waited to be praised
My mother said, as though amazed,
"Now what on earth is this about?
Don't put your fingers in your mouth!"

You might think she'd make up her mind!
Not my mom, she's the changing kind!

An interview with Oscar and I can be viewed here, as he talks about his earlier adventures in There's a COW Under My Bed!:

Oscar and I hope you'll enjoy it.


pascal.asselin said...

Hello Valerie,

A question, burns my lips. I saw, in a advertising, an other version of the cover of this book, where the spilled water took very suggestives patterns, rarely seen on childish. Was this drawing intentional or by accident ?


Valerie Sherrard said...

Interesting question! The spilled water in the original artwork was not meant to have those particular appearances, and that was actually the reason that the artist chose not to use that cover. The 'suggestive patterns' were not really apparent until the colour and shading was all done!

pascal.asselin said...

Thank you. Very amazing how random makes things sometimes! I didn't see the book, so I asked myself if there was not a symbol in that representation related to the story.

According as you say, there is no copy of the book with the initial cover on the market, too bad, because I go to Canada soon (cover seen in advertising in the Downhome Magazine of Newfounland), and I wanted to buy one as a "Collectible", a "Curio". Finally, I will certainly buy one even with the new cover.

Anonymous said...

Valerie, I thought you would like to know that I recently purchased your book Tumbleweed Skies in Prince Edward Island and will be sending it to daughter Ellie (10) in Moose Jaw, SK. It has many similarities and I can't wait for her to read it! Thanks!

Valerie Sherrard said...

Hi Colleen,

How cool is that - another Ellie from Moose Jaw! I hope she enjoys the story!!