Interview with Katie McAllaster Weaver

Monday, July 14, 2008.

Katie McAllaster WeaverSome books are so perfect, you’d swear the idea must have just poured out of the author’s head and on to the pages of their notebook. It might have taken an afternoon.

Not so with the picture book Bill in a China Shop.

Author Katie McAllaster Weaver took a seed of an idea, an accidentally misspoken idiom, and laboured over it, on and off, for many years.

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with Katie McAllaster Weaver about the iterative process of writing and perfecting Bill in a China Shop***, finding support and inspiration in a high school creative writing teacher and her writing group, and always wanting to be a writer.

*** Our review of Bill in a China Shop was recorded 401 episodes ago and is appropriately rough around the edges.

Photo provided by Katie McAllaster Weaver.

A snappy emotional workout: Bill in a China Shop

Saturday, July 15, 2006.

Author: Katie McAllaster Weaver
Illustrator: Tim Raglin
Published: 2003 Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: 1582349886

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In fewer than thirty pages of snappy rhyme, this perfectly illustrated book lurches our hearts through bliss, terror, relief, yearning, horror, sorrow, pity, disdain, triumph, gratitude and finally the comfort of friendship.

SUMMARY: A dapper bull with a passion for porcelain teacups finally gains entry to a China Shop and, when rudely rebuked by an intolerant clerk, inadvertently destroys most of the displayed wares. Three distinguished older ladies originally assume Bill is in the wrong but, based on Bill’s obvious remorse, quickly switch allegience and come to his defence with generosity and friendship.


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