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I haven’t been keeping this site up to date, and for that I apologize. You see, I’ve been busy teaching and drawing and now working on a new book with Quilliam and friends.

I’ll be posting more in the next few weeks about where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing.

In the meantime I hope you’ll like this sketch I did for practice the other day.


Sketches done for the new book to be released this fall 2016

Sketches done for the new book to be released this fall 2016

Jingle bells cover FINAL

Congratulations to students at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Mount Forest!

They are the winners of the draw for a free full day in the school with me!


St Mary's Mount Forest


Draw was held at the Bookshelf Cinema on Saturday December 13th.

I’ll be spending a full day doing whatever they wish. I’ll even be principal if they want, but somehow I don’t think that will be happening!

Consolation Prize of books and Porcupine Box Set donated by Scholastic went to Victory Public School in Guelph.

Choosing a winner from the video entries wasn’t easy.


Winner of a visit to their class for singing of Dashing Through the Snow went to the choir of St. John’s Catholic School in Arthur.  Congratulations to teacher Joyce Peloso and her group.

I’ll be sharing a drawing class with them in the New Year.

Dashing through the snow – Small

Runner up was St. Mary’s in Mount Forest.


Thanks to Scholastic there were prizes for those in attendance. Winners are pictured below with smiles and prizes.


Thanks to everyone for entering.  Over 75 ballots from area schools were entered for the draw


Thanks also to all the teachers who at a very busy time of year took the time and effort to record and send their entries for the song contest. (One entry came all the way from Airdrie Alberta!  Something special will be coming their way.)


A special thank you to the great kids in Grades 1 & 2 at Central Public School in Guelph who helped launch this contest by singing with me, and graciously continuing when I was the one making mistakes.


And a final thanks to both the Bookshelf in Guelph and Scholastic Canada for their enthusiastic support.

Bookshelf Dashing GangMerry Christmas Everyone!

Come join me this Saturday for a special event at the Bookshelf Cinema in Guelph.

We’ll be showing the winning video of a contest for the schools of Wellington County.  Entries for a visit to a class singing “Dashing Through the Snow” will be shown on the big screen with the winner to be announced.

Winner of the contest for me for a day in a local school will be drawn.

Lots of Prizes and a sing along to the big screen.
See you there!

Bookshelf Cinema, Quebec St. Guelph.Scholastic Christmas Card 2014

BEST Porcupine Decorated Tree from Public Libraries across Canada??

Public libraries across Canada were invited by Scholastic to decorate a porcupine tree.  This is just a small selection of some of the entries.  So hard to chose the best. Contest is still open.  A Porcupine in a Pine Tree Holiday Contest for Libraries | Facebook



Last night I drew the name of the person who’s school I will be visiting for a day in 2013.  However I haven’t been able to contact her.  If anyone knows who’s school Nicole Abrams child or children attend, please contact me or give Nicole a call. I’d love to announce the name of the school!  Until then, please stay tuned. It could be your school in the Guelph area.

Farmer Joe is back!

Nancy Wilcox Richards and I are happy to announce the return of Farmer Joe!  Reprinted by Scholastic in a new exciting format, the books are now available online and at your favorite book store.  Stay tuned for Farmer Joe fun this summer! It just might be a hot hot summer of fun!

Join me tomorrow at the Waterloo Public Library Main Branch at 2 p.m.

Waterloo Public Library December 3

Happy Hallowe’en!

Wishing all of you Goblins, Demons and other candy seekers a wonderful scary but safe Halloween!  This year we just got back from a trip to Paris yesterday and since I teach all day and will be home late, we’ll be missing all the trick or treaters, but promise the return of a very very very scary Halloween next year! We promise!



Very careful assistants holding art at St. Charles

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