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Siblings, Lilja, Charlotte, and Nathan
Siblings Mya and Allysa Pollard
Each of these Chirp readers will be receiving their very own DVD copy of The Little Mermaid movie.
Congrats, everyone! Remember to check out our other contests, too.
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Suzi Eszterhas’s latest book, Baby Animals With Their Families, is so cute it might make you say, “Awwww.”
From adorable sloths to chimpanzees, Baby Animals With Their Families gives you a peek at not only the cutest animals, but also their families that come in many different shapes and sizes. Just like us, baby animals need their families to help them learn and grow.
How would you like to WIN a copy of this book? Comment below your favourite animal or email your name and age to email@example.com. One winner will receive a copy of Baby Animals With Their Families!
Contest deadline: March 5th, 2019
The winner will be chosen by random draw and announced on the blog. For full contest rules and regulations click here.
Prize courtesy of Owlkids Books.
Good luck in the contest, everyone!
Chickadee caught up with Jay Odjick, a super talented illustrator, writer, television producer and comic creator. We asked him a few questions about illustrating Robert Munsch’s latest children’s book, Bear For Breakfast.
Congrats on Bear for Breakfast! What does having this book published in both English and Algonquin mean to you?
For me it is a dream come true. As a kid, I couldn’t have imagined seeing a book like that. I’m proud that Bear for Breakfast is an entryway for people both on-and off-reserves to learn the language. At the end of the day, this book is about a kid having an adventure, and it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what race you are, you can read the book and have a good time.
What is it like to collaborate with Robert Munsch? Why does your collaboration work so well?
What I appreciated most is that Robert really trusted me to tell the visual part of the story. I think that comes from him being very comfortable and confident in his abilities as a storyteller. He understands that the best way is to be collaborative, and that to me is invaluable.
What kind of technology do you use to draw?
I did Bear for Breakfast 100 percent on the iPad Pro and did the colouring on an iMac computer. I also use an app called Tayasui Sketches School, an app called Procreate and one called Clip Studio Paint for Manga. I think the coolest thing is to be able to show kids and say, “Look, you can draw on the exact programs that I do, use the exact same hardware, and use the same apps.” It’s really cool.
What do you love about illustrating for kids?
I think it’s getting back to the things I loved as a kid and trying to think in that mindset. It’s fun to think, “What can I do here that would really capture my imagination?” If I can say I spend half of my day trying to think like a kid—that’s a good job to have at the end of the day.
What did you love to draw as a kid?
Superheroes. When I was a little kid, I learned how to read through comic books. The over-the-top and in-your-face bright colours were comic book hallmarks I really dug as a kid, and I try and bring in that same level of dynamic action into my illustrations.
Do you have any art advice for kids?
Try to find balance between working on what you need to improve while still having fun. Be your toughest critic but also recognize and celebrate your improvements. There are many ways to do things and try to find what works for you—be bold and embrace technology. Try what I use, the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, which is great gear and environmentally friendly! Practice, practice, practice, and remember, the only thing you can control is how hard you work!
Have you ever eaten bear for breakfast?
I’ve had bear, but not for breakfast. Growing up on the reserve, we ate a lot of wild game, but bear meat is a little less common. But at one point as a kid, I did have bear… but it was for lunch!
Thanks, Jay. It was great chatting with you!
Readers, what is your favourite breakfast food? Comment below!
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
NOTE: This contest is now closed. Winners have been contacted.
Here’s a chance to see your favourite Disney characters up close and on skates! Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic slides into Toronto from January 25 – January 28, 2019 for a star-studded talent extravaganza! Star characters include Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Olaf, Anna and Elsa, Belle, Cinderella and of course, the one-and-only, Mickey Mouse (plus many more!)
Have a look below for a preview of this special show!
For a chance to WIN a family pack of four tickets to see this live show on opening night in Toronto (Jan 25):
Tell us the name of your favourite Disney character in the comments section below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
ONE winner will receive four tickets for the opening night performance on January 25th at 7:00 pm at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
*Don’t forget to include your name and age!*
Contest Deadline: January 20, 2019
Winners will be chosen by random draw. Click here for full contest rules and regulations.
Tickets courtesy of Feld Entertainment. Winner will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the show.
Check out www.disneyonice.com for tour dates and locations.