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Mittens to Share – This Fall in French and English

AUTHOR: Emil Sher ILLUSTRATOR: Irene Luxbacher AGE RANGE: 3-8 PUB DATE: Fall 2016 PUBLISHER: Scholastic Canada Mittens to Share is coming out this Fall in French and English Book Summary A testament to the small, quiet times that become the most

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The Not-So-Faraway Adventure, Available April 1, 2016

Written by Andrew Larsen Illustrated by Irene Luxbacher Kids Can Press, 2016 Book Summary “Theo’s Poppa was an explorer. He had been everywhere. He kept an old trunk packed with the pictures, postcards, maps and menus that he had collected

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Illustrating Malaika’s Costume | Guest Post on Groundwood Books

A fun post I did for Groundwood Books about illustrating Malaika’s Costume Read the original Post on Groundwood Books Only the brightest coloured scraps of paper and the most vibrant foliage would do when it came to illustrating Malaika’s Costume.

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Malaika’s Costume Quill and Quire Review

Read the full book review on Quill and Quire  It takes considerable talent for an illustrator to do justice to the peacock, to come even close to matching nature in rendering its most exquisite bird. With their textured and evocative

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Malaika’s Costume by Nadia Hohn, Available March 1, 2016

AUTHOR: NADIA L. HOHN ILLUSTRATOR: IRENE LUXBACHER AGE RANGE: 3-7 PUB DATE: MARCH 1, 2016 PUBLISHER: Groundwood Books   Book Summary It’s Carnival time. The first Carnival since Malaika’s mother moved to Canada to find a good job and provide

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The Not-So-Faraway Adventure Quill & Quire Review

Read the full review on Quill & Quire We first met Theodora (Theo) and her grandfather, Poppa, in Andrew Larsen and Irene Luxbacher’s 2009 collaboration, The Imaginary Garden. Their follow-up is a sweet tale that shows even the shortest of

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“A Shared Space” Guest Post for Groundwood Books

A fun post I did for Groundwood Books about sharing a space with my dad (aka) “Mr. Frank” Read the original Post on Groundwood Books   I grew up watching my dad work quietly at his trade. A small tailor

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Hurray For “Mr. Frank”

Thrilled to say that “Mr. Frank” is on  USBBY ‘s Outstanding International Book List for 2015!! Hurray! http://www.slj.com/2015/02/collection-development/usbby-presents-its-annual-outstanding-international-books-list/#_

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Mr Frank Quill and Quire Review

Read the full review on Quill and Quire   Lauded author, illustrator, and art educator Irene Luxbacher’s sweetly nostalgic new picture book begins with its titular character gazing out the window and sipping a cup of tea as he contemplates

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Book Dragon Review for “Mr. Frank”

BookDragon Review Canadian author/artist Irene Luxbacher found the inspiration for her latest title from her own “childhood memories of watching her father at work in his tailor shop.” That reality clearly infuses her story with heart-warming poignancy, highlighting multi-generational family bonds. “Mr. Frank

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Starred Review for “Mr. Frank”

KIRKUS REVIEW Outstanding mixed-media collages and a thoughtful text create a distinctive book that rises far above most tributes to grandparental love. “Mr. Frank was a tailor,” proclaims the first page, in bold, unambiguous lettering. The image is of an

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Mr Frank — Available September 2014

AUTHOR: IRENE LUXBACHER ILLUSTRATOR: IRENE LUXBACHER AGE RANGE: 4-7 PUB DATE: SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 PUBLISHER: Groundwood Books Book Summary On his last day before retirement, Mr. Frank is sewing the most wonderful outfit of his long career. Who could it

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What Book Bloggers say about Mattoo, Let’s Play!

Here are some comments from the book blogging community about “Mattoo, Let’s Play”.

  • “Such a great example of a child’s imagination!”
  • “I absolutely love the illustrations in this book.”
  • “I love how the illustrations show imagination at work.”

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Early Reviews of “Mattoo, Let’s Play!”

Mattoo, Let’s Play! is the first picture book that has been both written and illustrated by Irene Luxbacher. Mattoo, Let’s Play! is published by Kids Can Press and is now in stores (February 2010).

Here are a couple of early reviews of Mattoo, Let’s Play!

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Review: The Imaginary Garden | The Book Nosher

Book Review: The Imaginary Garden by The Book Nosher The Imaginary Garden is a very sweet tale about a girl and her grandfather and the very creative idea they come up with for gardening. When Poppa moves into his new

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Fun Stuff

Print these fun free art and storytime activity and sticker pages to extend your child’s experience.

Send in pictures of your art inspired from any of Irene’s art books to post in the “Your Art” gallery.

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Mattoo, Let’s Play! – Available February 2010

Ruby can’t understand why her cat, Mattoo, never wants to play. Ruby is good-natured but is perhaps too boisterous. Will Mattoo ever want to play with Ruby? Will Ruby ever win Mattoo’s affection? With striking acrylic illustrations, Mattoo, Let’s Play! is a visually rich story that shows how playing carefully and gently with a pet can make all the difference…

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2010 USBBY – Outstanding International Books Honour List

The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) serves as the U.S. national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), which was founded to promote international understanding and good will through books for children and teenagers. The IBBY Honor List is a biennial selection of outstanding, recently published books honouring writers, illustrators, and translators from IBBY member countries. The Imaginary Garden written by Andrew Larsen, Illustrated by Irene Luxbacher published by Kids Can Press has been been chosen for the 2010 USBBY Outstanding International Books Honour List…

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National Post – a Q&A with the nominees

The nominees for the Governor General’s Literary Award in Children’s Literature, Illustration, introduce young readers to an eclectic cast of characters, including a hungry frog and a big fat momma, and send them to far-off locales including an island in Nunavut and, er, Newfoundland. Mark Medley of the National Post spoke with the five artists about their work.

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CBC Book Club Video blog

Hannah Sung looks at the Governor General’s Literary Award finalists in the category of children’s literature – Illustration Here are five books you might like. They’re finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Awards in the category of children’s literature — illustration.

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Finalists for the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Awards Announced

Irene was a finalist in 2009 for a Governor General’s Award for her illustrations found in The Imaginary Garden.

Toronto, October 14, 2009 – The Canada Council for the Arts today announced the finalists for the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Awards. The finalists include authors, illustrators and translators from ages 27 to 78. The English and French awards are in the categories of fiction, non‑fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation. In total, 70 books are shortlisted…

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The Imaginary Garden Review

I love Larsen’s story, its celebration of the rich imagination of children, and I love Luxbacher’s art here, rendered in pen and ink and multimedia collage. It’s an absolute feast for the eyes, with her generous—but well-composed and not too overwhelming—splashes of brilliant color. (The forget-me-not spread, “Poppa’s favorite flower,” puts the pop in eye-popping.) I hope that Luxbacher, who also teaches art, does even more children’s books.

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Book Review – The Imaginary Garden

“…But what made me LOVE the book were the illustrations. Oh my goodness, they are simply gorgeous. Luxbacher uses pen and ink and multimedia collage, with bold, deep colors. The flowers, in particular, positively leap from the page. These are pictures that I would put on my wall in a heartbeat. Theo and Poppa’s bodies are rendered using colorful collage, while their faces are drawn in more refined pen and ink, a contrast that works well.”…

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123 I Can Paint! Book Review

Painting is fun, and 123 I Can Paint! by Irene Luxbacher captures all the fun of painting sceneries and exploring art with 8 great lessons for children ages 4 to 7. Each project explores a basic painting technique and demonstrates how colors affect the mood and atmosphere of a painting. Art teachers, homeschooler, and parents of young artists have much to gain from 123 I Can Paint! The supplies needed for each project are very basic items. The instructions are also very easy to follow and teach to young children.

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123 I Can Sculpt! Book Review

Teach young children the basics of sculpting with 123 I Can Sculpt by Irene Luxbacher. 123 I Can Sculpt by Irene Luxbacher is a great introduction to sculpting. The projects are fun and interesting. The format is also easy to follow. For teachers and home schooling parents, each sculpting lesson can easily be worked into an existing reading, natural science, or social studies lesson. For parents, there is no better book on the market that shows kids how to have fun while sculpting their favorite animals.

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Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art – Book Review

The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art encourages kids to always keep their eyes open for natural materials that can be used in art projects while also reminding children not to harm or damage their natural environment. This book also teaches children to try new tools and techniques, and serves as an excellent resource for art teachers. The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art is a fantastic and versatile book that can be used across curriculums: mythical creatures for language arts, prehistoric images for history or social studies, and decomposition for science. Highly recommended for educators, the home school curriculum, and curious children.

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