I'm excited to share with you our very first guest blogger, Eric Fan. Eric is one half (or now 1/3) of the very talented Fan Brothers team. If you love kids books, then the Fan Brothers should be on your radar. Even better, they're Canadians, from Toronto. Eric and his brother Terry are the authors and illustrators of two of my favourite books, The Night Gardener and Ocean Meets Sky.
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Ross Collins is from Glasgow, Scotland. He is the author and illustrator of our feature January 2020 picture book, What Does An Anteater Eat? I’ve been a fan of Ross’ for many years and was thrilled to use his book There’s a Bear On My Chair in our very first Marmalade Picture Book Box back in 2016. What I love most is his sense of humour both in writing and illustrating. When I did my research for this interview, I was pleased to discover Ross is just as funny as his books. If you have an opportunity, visit his website at rosscollins.net.
MARMALADE BOOKS (MB): One of your primary teachers told your parents that you should go to art school. What were you like as a student during those early years? Is this where you perfected swinging backwards on chairs?
Beth Ferry is the author of our September feature book, The Scarecrow. She is a New York Times best-selling picture book author who lives with her family in New Jersey.
MARMALADE BOOKS (MB): The Scarecrow is a very special book. From the first time I read it, I knew it was destined to win many awards. Can you tell us what inspired you to write about a scared crow and a scarecrow?