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Sydney Smith - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Sydney Smith has illustrated multiple children’s books, including The White Cat and the Monk, written by Jo Ellen Bogart, and the highly acclaimed Footpath Flowers, which was a New York Times Children’s Book of the Year, a winner of the Governor General Award for Illustration and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Born in Nova Scotia in Canada, Sydney now lives in Toronto. 

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I Talk Like a River

I Talk Like a River

Author: Jordan Scott Illustrator: Sydney Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2021

What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? After a day of being unable to speak when asked, and of being stared at, a boy and his father go to the river for some quiet time. It's just a bad speech day, says Dad. But the boy can't stop thinking about all the eyes watching his lips twisting and twirling. When his father points to the river bubbling, churning, whirling and crashing, the boy finds a way to think about how he speaks. Even the river stutters. Like him. I talk like a river, he says. An incredibly moving picture book that offers understanding rather than a solution, and which will resonate with all readers, young and old. Masterfully illustrated by Sydney Smith, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Mabel Murple

Mabel Murple

Author: Sheree Fitch Illustrator: Sydney Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2019

What if there was a purple planet with purple people on it? Sheree Fitch answers this question with a zany tongue-twister of a poem featuring Mabel Murple, a daredevil who rides a purple motorbike through purple puddles, skis on purple snow, and on her pancakes pours maple syrup. With a rich and vivid purple palette, Kate Greenaway Medal recipient Sydney Smith's illustrations reflect the wild joy in this classic poem. Mabel Murple won the Ann Connor Brimer award for children's literature.

The White Cat and the Monk A Retelling of the Poem 'Pangur Ban'

The White Cat and the Monk A Retelling of the Poem 'Pangur Ban'

Author: Jo Ellen Bogart Illustrator: Sydney Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

An enchanting retelling of a classic Old Irish poem, brought beautifully to life by the award-winning Sydney Smith, illustrator of Footpath Flowers. From the illustrator of Footpath Flowers, Sydney Smith, and award-winning author, Jo Ellen Bogart, comes a retelling of the classic Old Irish poem, 'Pangur Ban' - the poem that inspired the character of Pangur Ban in the Academy Award nominated animation, The Secret of Kells. The monk in the poem leads a simple life - he studies his books late into the evening, searching for meaning. His cat, Pangur, leads a simple life, too, chasing his prey in the darkness. But as night turns to dawn, can each find what he seeks? Thoughtful readers will be enchanted by this elegant, classically-inspired story which pays tribute to the wisdom of animals and the wonders of the natural world.

Mary Jonathy A Bad School Day

Mary Jonathy A Bad School Day

Author: Sydney Smith Illustrator: Sydney Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2008

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