P.E.I. couple finds winning formula for writing, illustrating kid's books
Christina Patterson illustrates, her husband Shaun writes, their latest is called Monster Babies
For children's books, you almost always have a team — a writer, and an illustrator.
A P.E.I. couple, Christina and Shaun Patterson, had half the job covered, as both were illustrators, until fate stepped in.
"I was doing a fairy book, and I hadn't quite found a writer yet," Christina told Angela Walker of CBC Mainstreet. "So I just decided that I'd try out Shaun writing, and it worked out perfectly. We worked well as a team, so that's how it all started."
Fairies On My Island was published in 2013, and since then the couple have had the opportunity to work on a further five kid's books together, including the brand-new Monster Babies.
The book features Christina's unique style of illustration.
"Some of my books I've been doing sculpture," she said. "For the fairy book, for those who haven't seen it, it's sculptures put into P.E.I. landscapes, or gardens, or within flowers, so taking a nature element and mixing it with the sculpture. With Monster Babies, I took photographs of the sculptures, and then brought them into the computer and played around with colours and adding some more elements into them."
They still work on projects separately, but working together on children's books has made life and work even more fun.
The book launch for Monster Babies is happening Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Confederation Centre library, and Christina is going to bring some of her sculptures so kids and parents can take a look.
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With files from Mainstreet