Some artists have an incredible way of capturing the essence of childhood, I find this is especially endearing in children’s books. The way a child stands, or the excitement and delight in play, Cale Atkinson is one of those artists.
The first time I picked up a copy of To The Sea, I was hooked. The dark colours set the tone for a moody picture book, a hint of sadness, yet offset with beautiful bright orange. Set in a rainy city by the sea, here in Vancouver we know a lot about rain. A little boy named Tim befriends a whale who is lost and struggling to be seen. Tim can relate to Sam, the whale, and together they devise a plan to get Sam back to the sea.
Cale’s recent book, Explorers In The Wild, captures a different look. A book about an unforeseen friendship between a boy and a bear. This time his book is set in bright lush forest. Sound familiar?
Cale grew up running through some of the same forests you may have gotten out and explored. You will fall in love with the beauty and familiarity of his books, the playfulness in his characters and the way he helps children navigate feelings of being misunderstood, sadness, wonder and friendship.
You can come out and meet him in person this Saturday June 25th from 12- 2 p.m.
Hear him read Explorers Of The Wild, and make a craft.
You can also see Cale’s other work here , including another of our favourites, If I had a Gryphon.
Also, if you love a good end page, Cale has some of the best.
See you Saturday!