Thursday, April 15, 2010

Penguins and Pirates UNITE!

Cartoonist, Patricia Storms, is excited to have your help performing her book, The Pirate and the Penguin, a story that puts a humorous, modern spin on a familiar tale at the Turning Pages Literary Festival. This is part of the day long celebration of books for children and teens on May 15th. Patricia will be presenting at 2:30pm at The Musem (10 King St. W. Kitchener).

Patricia Storms is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator who delights in entertaining readers of all ages. She has done work for The National Post, Hallmark, TD Bank, chickaDEE Magazine, and Barnes and Noble. She lives and creates in Toronto with her husband and two fat cats in a 92-year-oldhouse that’s full to the brim with books. You can find Patricia on Facebook and on the Owl Kids Facebook page too - including a video about her book HERE!

The Pirate and the Penguin

“This one will hit many a funny bone in old and young alike.”~ Kirkus Reviews

Loosely based on the classic story of The Prince and the Pauper, The Pirate and thePenguin puts a humorous, modern spin on a familiar tale, perfect for bedtime or story hour. Penguin is not your typical Antarctic bird. While his contented friends spend their days doing yoga, daydreaming, and daydreaming about doing yoga, this free spirit is planning his great escape. He’s done with the frigid, barren expanse of the South Pole. He’s had it with the communal escapades of his feathered fraternity. What he wants is adventure!!! And he’s ready to go at it alone…Pirate, on the other hand, wants no part in his vocation’s raucous, adventurous ways. Exploration? Treasure? Conquest? Bah! Caught under the pounding Caribbean sun,surrounded by a crew of dimwits, this captain longs for a simpler life. Free from his itchy sunburns. Free from the endless travel. If only he could find such a place…From the mind of veteran children’s illustrator Patricia Storms comes the tale of how these two misfits find each other and, in the process, find the solution to all of their problems. The Pirate and the Penguin follows these two characters as they inevitably converge and playfully discover the lives they’ve been seeking all along. Storms’s gift for both simple, touching rendering of her characters and keen, subtle details in her settings has yielded a book that is equal parts loving parable andenergetic adventure. A true gem of a picture book!

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