About the Artist

My name is…

Dave Whamond.

I live in…

the staggeringly beautiful city of Calgary, Alberta.

The best thing about being a children’s book author and illustrator is…

taking a blank piece of paper and TA-DA! Turning it into a book. It does feel like magic sometimes! It is weird to think that any book you have ever read all started from a blank page or came from an idea in someone’s head.

The book that I had the most fun working on was…

my new book Muddle School. It’s about my life growing up in middle school, so it was a really personal book. Of course, I had to change a few things… no one would believe the crazy things that really happened!

My happiest moment in my career as an author or illustrator was when…

I first saw my work in print. I still can’t believe that something I drew or wrote is actually in a library or a bookstore and people actually read it!

When I’m stuck for ideas, I…

turn around really fast, balancing a large glass of chocolate milk on my head, while singing “Let it go!” - the theme song from Frozen. Just kidding! Actually, you can’t force ideas. I find if I have a deadline and I’m stuck for ideas, I drink a large coffee and go for a walk. Soon, things start to happen… once I get to Bob’s Idea Shoppe.

If I could meet anyone in person, I would choose to meet…

Robert Munsch. I’ve illustrated a few books for him but I’ve never had the chance to meet him. If I met him, I would run around the room 25 times and scream “AAAUUGH! AAAUUGH! AAAUUGH!” (Just like in one of his books.)

My three favourite things that starts with the letter “R” are…

Ravioli, rigatoni and Rome. Hmm… I’m seeing a pattern here.

If I could live one day as a children’s book character, I would choose to live as…

…well, I can’t say the kid from David Shannon’s book No, David!, can I? Because that was me as a kid. And my name just happens to be David. I’ve already lived it! I guess I always liked the idea of going through a mirror into another strange world, like in Alice in Wonderland. Hey, how about Dave in Wonderland?

The one talent that I really wish to have is…

to be a fantastic skater. I missed out on being a professional hockey player. I could’ve been a contender. Wait! Maybe it’s not too late. I could still win the Stanley Cup! Right? Right?

As a kid, I loved to play…

road hockey. “Car!” My friends and I would spend hours outside on cold winter nights, playing in minus 20 degree temperatures. And it was all uphill! There’s nothing like getting a frozen sponge puck in your already frozen face—makes you feel alive!

My favourite Summer Olympic sport is…

the 100-metre sprint. I get SO into that race. I even feel nervous at the start, especially if Canada has someone contending for a medal. I would love to be able to run super-fast like that.

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Meet the Web Comic Author

My name is…

Mike Deas. I say my last name like this: Deese.

I live on…

Salt Spring Island. It’s a small island in British Columbia overloaded with artists and sheep.

The best thing about where I live is…

it’s surrounded by water, beaches and seagulls.

My favourite things about libraries are…

finding that book that I didn’t know I was looking for.

Some of my favourite things to read as a kid were…

Calvin and Hobbes, Tintin, Asterix and Obelix— pretty much anything in a comic format.

My favourite art supplies are…

ink and watercolour. Ink can be so dark and bold, which contrasts to the light and bright nature of watercolour washes.

My favourite thing to draw is…

old cars and anything mechanical. Pipes, gauges, wires and that sort of thing.

My favourite children’s book illustrator is…

Quentin Blake. His drawings are so full of life and humour.

You would never catch me…

putting spinach on a pizza. It just gets too slimy.

If I could have one super power, I would choose…

the ability to fly. That way I wouldn’t have to wait for ferries.

My favourite snack or dessert is…

definitely Nanaimo Bars!

As a kid, I loved to play…

Shark Attack! A game on one of those monkey bar dome things—one player goes in the middle and the rest of the players try to climb to the top without being tagged.

My favourite Summer Olympic sport is…

Shark Attack… if it was included. Otherwise, basketball.

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