Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
- Reading age: 4 to 7
Winner of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
Emily Carr (1871-1945) was a great artist of the Northwest Coast. One of the few woman painters of her generation, she has been exhibited with and compared to Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo, two other women artists whose work is finally receiving the recognition it deserves.
The Art Room is set in the early 1900s, when Carr was teaching art to children to support herself. Susan Vande Griek has created a delightful story-poem filled with Carr's love of animals, her insistence on painting from life and nature, and the sense of fun and freedom that she inspired in her students. Pascal Milelli has brilliantly accomplished the very difficult job of painting a book about a painter. His rich, painterly style is a perfect foil for the work that Carr was doing at the time.
About the authors
Susan Vande Griek is the author of several children’s books. Her non-fiction picture book Loon, illustrated by Karen Reczuch, was named a USBBY Outstanding International Book and won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction and the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award. Susan has also written the acclaimed middle-grade novel A Gift for Ampato and a picture-book biography of Emily Carr, The Art Room, illustrated by Pascal Milelli, which won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award.
She divides her time between Halifax, Nova Scotia, and St. Andrews, New Brunswick.
Pascal Milelli graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design. His first picturebook was the award-winning Rainbow Bay (Raincoast), followed by The Art Room (Groundwood), which was awarded the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration. His work has also been recognized by The Society of Illustrators and has appeared in Communication Arts and Applied Arts magazines. Pascal lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
- Winner, CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
[A] lushly illustrated picture book...