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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play

On My Island /hc

by (author) Marie-Louise Gay

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2000
Imagination & Play, Fantasy & Magic
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2000
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
  • Reading age: 3 to 6


A boy lives on his island with his friends: a wolf, two cats, three ants and a swo-o-o-ooping bat. He complains that nothing ever happens, yet all around him volcanoes erupt, elephants fly through the sky and serpents swim by -- the boy and his friends are always looking the other way.

Combining collage, handmade papers, ink, hand lettering and watercolor, Marie-Louise Gay creates a whimsical, Daliesque world. This ingenious and playful book shows that boredom is really just a state of mind.

About the author

MARIE-LOUISE GAY has achieved international acclaim as an author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Any Questions? and Short Stories for Little Monsters. She lives in Montreal.

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Editorial Reviews

Dazzles the eye - another coup for this outstanding author and illustrator.


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