Category: Musings

The Long Journey to Publication

A behind-the-scenes, close-up sneak peek from “Great Job, Mom!” It’s been a while since I’ve blogged—and for good reason! I’ve been working hard to finish my two new picture books, Great Job, Mom! and Great Job, Dad!, which I’m thrilled to say were finished up last week with the delivery of the final art! But I haven’t crossed the finish… Read more →

The Candy Palmater Show

Holman was thrilled to be on The Candy Palmater Show on CBC Radio today! He talked about Cozy Classics, reading, and his daughter’s new favorite picture book. Check out the audio and the CBC blog post here! Why breaking bedtime rules might get kids excited about books: &more tips from @CozyClassics — Candy Palmater Show (@cbccandy) August 18,… Read more →

Video of Holman’s talk at IV15!

Interesting Vancouver is a fascinating gathering of the curious and unexpected. More than another “sage on the stage” lecture series, Interesting Vancouver is an event that celebrates the uncelebrated, expands the collective vision of what is uniquely possible, and gives people an opportunity to discover interesting new creative pursuits they can apply in their own lives. Holman had the very… Read more →

Dancing in Cozy Classics

Before the publication of Cozy Classics: Pride and Prejudice, some suggested that our image for “dance” wasn’t historically accurate. However, Lisa Brown of JASNA Rochester, an expert on English country dance, confirms that Jane and Bingley are doing a figure called “arming.” While dancers didn’t typically raise their arms, nothing would have prevented them, she says, from raising their arms… Read more →

Jack and Holman and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Review

We went to sleep with gum in our mouths and now there’s gum in our hair and when we got out of bed this morning we saw an absolutely scathing review of Cozy Classics. Replete with phrases such as “pass on this snake oil” and “breathtaking opportunism”, the review is, well, breathtaking. The bad news is the review is by… Read more →

Les Miserables: An artistic choice

We make many artistic decisions when we create Cozy Classics. Given that we only have 12 words and 12 images to work with, each word and image choice is critical. We consider a number of factors when deciding on our words and images, such as the child-friendliness of the word, whether the word can be appropriately dramatized through an illustration,… Read more →

Nikki McClure – Apple

Sometimes, as the old saying goes, all that is old is new. That’s certainly the case with Cozy Classics, as well as with the “new” book by acclaimed cut-paper artist Nikki McClure called Apple. It was, in fact, her very first book, originally self-published and sold in a limited edition of just 200 copies. Now, 16 years later, it is… Read more →

Cozy Classics and Early Literacy – Response to Linda Cameron

Earlier this week, Cozy Classics appeared on the front page of the Life & Entertainment section of the The Toronto Star. Here’s our response to Linda Cameron, an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, who claimed that our series “won’t help [children] learn to read, move their imaginations or turn them into lovers… Read more →