It’s the TD Canadian Children’s book week and this week we welcome to our branches the visiting author/illustrator, Wallace Edwards. Mr. Edwards was awarded the Governor General’s Award (Illustration), for his first book, Alphabeasts. It’s definitely an honour and a real pleasure for all of us to welcome him.
Wallace Edwards has so many beautifully illustrated books, it’s difficult to choose just one to talk about today. I have chosen one of his newer ones, The Cat’s Pajamas. In this book are 26 illustrations, each depicting a different idiom. An idiom is “a group of words whose meaning cannot be understood from the meaning of the individual words; an expression, peculiar to a specific language, that cannot be translated literally.” For example, think about what the phrases “face the music”, “a bee in her bonnet”, “something smells fishy”, or being “counted on in a pinch”, would mean if one tried to understand them literally. Wallace Edwards shows us what it would look like. Oops, have I let the cat out of the bag?
Each Wallace Edwards’ book is unique so it’s difficult to talk about them as a group. They are all treasures, so I hope everyone has a look at more than 1.