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The Time Time Stopped

(2011, Scholastic Canada)

Ten-year-old Tristan Burberry has endured many hours of unpleasantness lately. Time spent pinned under the disapproving gaze of his new teacher, time spent trudging through the mall after his older sister, and time spent sitting with the school bully on the bus. Tristan hates time. So he makes it stop. Or so he thinks...

Short-listed, OLA Silver Birch Express Award, 2012

The Boy Who Ate the World

(2008, Scholastic Canada)

Herman Oof is a giant. Sarah is a girl. Herman needs 140 hamburgers and 200 glasses of milk for a snack. Sarah does not. Herman takes to swallowing up entire cities and continents and drinking up lakes and oceans. Sarah is not amused. Herman has eaten her dog.

Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2009

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Sophie And The Sea Monster

(2005, Scholastic Canada)

There's a sea monster under Sophie's bed. He's small and blue, and is also a terrible singer. Worst of all, it turns out that he's afraid to come out! Sophie decides to coax the shy monster out into the world, and when they share many adventures together, they both forget to be afraid. Michael Martchenko's bright, colourful and energetic artwork is the perfect complement to award-winning author Don Gillmor's tale. This wonderfully crafted and whimsical story touches on real childhood issues, and features a spunky heroine sure to become a favourite friend for young readers.

Short-listed, OLA Blue Spruce Award, 2007

Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2006

Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 2006

Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2005

Yuck, a Love Story

(2000, Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

Austin Grouper had a brown dog named Fresco, a best friend named Sternberg, and a red bicycle. His life was full. And then a girl named Amy moves in next door. Austin decides that she, like all girls, is yucky. But when the invitation to her birthday party arrives, it seems the only suitable present for Amy is the moon itself, and Austin is prepared to go to the ends of the earth to get it.

Winner of the Governor General’s Award for illustration.

Shortlisted for the Torgi Award.

Nominated for the Prix de l’incorruptible (France) as Beurk! Une Histoire d’Amour.

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The Christmas Orange

(1998, Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

Santa didn't make many mistakes. But he made a big one when he asked what Anton Stingley wanted for Christmas. . .

. . . Anton's list was sixteen pages long.

On Christmas morning, there was one thing under the Stingley's tree. It was an orange.

Shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature

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The Fabulous Song

(1995, The Secret Mountain)

Oh, that darn Frederic Pipin! He’ll do anything to get out of learning how to play an instrument, much to the chagrin of his loving parents who named him after the great Chopin. One day however, the little fellow falls under the spell of an amazing conductor and owns up to his name by spinning some magic and writing a fabulous song!

Winner of the Mr. Christie Book Award

Shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, Children’s Literature

Honor Title Storytelling World Awards (U.S.)

When Vegetables Go Bad!

When Vegetables Go Bad!

(1994, Firefly Books)

"The trouble with Ivy was, she wouldn't eat her vegetables." What develops next in this classic battle of child vs. veggies is something no one could have imagined. Inside Ivy's pockets those veggies begin to sing:

In your pants
we all turned rotten.
All the green things
you've forgotten. 
We've gone bad
and we'll get worse.
We'll follow you
just like a curse.

Winner of the Torgi Award