Interview with Giselle Potter

Monday, February 16, 2009.

Some authors and illustrators have a knack for weaving personal experiences and family history into children’s books.  The written and illustrated stories compliment each other in a way that invites the reader to be a part of the book.

On this edition, author/illustrator Giselle Potter talks about how her life experiences have influenced her style, offers thoughts on effective journaling and the challenge of making a personal experience interesting for others.

Among our favourite books by Giselle Potter:

Family Day

Sunday, February 15, 2009.

Because of the long weekend in Ontario, our interview with author/illustrator Giselle Potter will be published on Tuesday.

Thanks for your patience and thanks for the day off. 🙂

Filed under: News and Notes

The Sting of the Sidelined Sibling: Chloë’s Birthday. . . and Me

Friday, March 21, 2008.

Chloë's Birthday . . . and MeAuthor: Giselle Potter (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Giselle Potter
Published: 2004 Atheneum/Anne Schwartz (on JOMB)
ISBN: 068986230X

In minty blues, greens and creams stirred with rich reds and chocolates, like childhood drawings brought magically to life, fabulous folk-art illustrations combine with perfectly picked childhood details to relay a true tale of envy, endurance and a sibling’s special day.

Other books mentioned:

  • The Year I Didn’t Go to School

You can learn more about Chloe and Giselle’s father and the family puppet troupe that brought them to Europe in the 1970’s here.

Loot-Retrieving Girl-Power: Kate and the Beanstalk

Friday, June 1, 2007.

Kate and the BeanstalkAuthor: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrator: Giselle Potter (on JOMB)
Published: 2000 Simon & Schuster (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0689825501

This refreshing departure from the boy-burglarizes-giant version of the giant beanstalk story has our girls swooning, roaring and cheering each and every time.


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