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What is Peace?

What is Peace cover art

What is Peace?

Peace is a familiar word, yet its meaning is both simple and complex. Edwards explores peace, and invites young readers to think about what that means to them. In a series of linked questions combined with Edwards’ singular art, the concept of peace is picked up, shaken, turned all around, and carefully examined from every angle. The impact is engaging, delightful, thoughtful, and powerful — in the perfect blend of whimsy and sophistication for which Edwards is known — and it allows young readers to venture in, knowing there is no one answer, and no wrong answer. There are many books on war for children; far fewer that examine peace. What Is Peace?engages readers to think about peace in their day-to-day lives, and around the world.

Written and Illustrated by Wallace Edwards

Publisher: North Winds Press, 2016

Once Upon a Line

Once Upon a Line cover

What is Peace?

Where do stories come from? How do ideas begin?

One rainy night, Wally’s family finds an old steamer trunk in the attic. Inside is a pile of paintings drawn from a single line from an enchanted pen. They could only belong to Uncle George, who believed that all stories begin with one line and a rich imagination.

Award-winning author and illustrator Wallace Edwards explores the world of storytelling through a single pen line that grows into an image and the first line of a new story. Readers will be inspired to finish the simple stories that begin with “Once Upon a Line” or use the enchanted story line to tell their own unique tale. A key at the end of the book identifies the single line that is at the core of each image. An absorbing book filled with paintings rich in detail and colour.

Written and Illustrated by Wallace Edwards

Publisher: Pajama Press, 2015

Unnatural Selections

Unnatural Selections Cover

Unnatural Selections

Beloved illustrator Wallace Edwards invites us into the world of Professor I.B. Doodling, a traveling artist who takes suggestions from schoolchildren in order to create fantastical hybrid animals. The result of these visits is Unnatural Selections, a collection of magnificent beasts, from the stately Whalephant to the talented Lizabouboon. Sure to inspire the imagination, Wallace Edwards’s intricate illustrations invite you to pore over them again and again. A supplementary index lists additional creatures to spot throughout the book’s pages, encouraging readers to go back for a second, and a third, look.

Written and Illustrated by Wallace Edwards

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers, 2014

 

Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe

Uncle Wally's Old Brown Shoe

Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe

Join Uncle Wally’s old brown shoe on an entertaining journey of hidden surprises and delights.

Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe, inspired by the familiar nursery rhyme The House That Jack Built, follows the course of one very unusual shoe as it travels through a fascinating, exotic world to encounter an assortment of quirky characters. The imaginative text and cumulative story are sure to enthrall young readers, as will the detailed illustrations. Children and adults will delight in finding the whimsical objects and hidden meanings in the layered colorful artwork, reminiscent of Wallace Edwards’s first book, Alphabeasts.

Written and illustrated by Wallace Edwards

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers, 2012

The Cat’s Pajamas

The Cat's Pajamas

The Cat’s Pajamas

Wallace Edwards’ extraordinary collection of animal portraits will have you buzzing like a bee. An amusing introduction to idioms and an irresistible eye-spy book, The Cat’s Pajamas is truly the cat’s meow.

Within these stunningly illustrated pages are twenty-six tableaus, each depicting a different idiom, guaranteed to tickle your funny bone. To ensure you get the hang of it, each expression is used in a sentence and explained at the back of the book. And if you look closely you’ll discover a cat hidden in every painting; some are a piece of cake to find, others may require you to use your noodle.

A follow-up to the award winning Monkey Business, this book is even more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

Written and illustrated by Wallace Edwards

Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2010

Awards and Honours

  • Shortlisted, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award (Picture Book Category);
  • Shortlisted, Rocky Mountain Book Award 2012;
  • Junior Library Guild Award, USA, Children’s Choices – Best Books of 2011.

You Are the Earth

You Are the Earth

You Are the Earth

The Sacred Balance for kids—updated and expanded with new content and art.

Since You Are the Earth was first published in 1999, there has been a dramatic rise in concern about the environment. Through media, the Internet, and school, kids today are more aware of issues such as climate change, pollution, and energy shortages as well as recycling and other conservation measures.

This revised and updated edition of You Are the Earth includes:

  • an expanded discussion of leading environmental issues
  • information on new environmental technologies
  • more ways kids can protect the environment
  • new sidebars offering facts, tips, and examples of what kids can do to be more green
  • 
completely new, full-colour art by award-winning children’s artist Wallace Edwards

Written by Dr. David Suzuki and Kathy Vanderlinden
Illustrated by Wallace Edwards

Publisher: D&M Publishers Inc., 2010
Co-published with the David Suzuki Foundation.

The Painted Circus

The Painted Circus

The Painted Circus

The weird and wonderful artistry of award-winner Wallace Edwards brings you The Painted Circus, a showstopper of a book where the eye is tricked, bamboozled, hoodwinked and flimflammed … but finally rewarded when all mysteries are revealed after the grand finale! P.T. Vermin, ringmouse extraordinaire, ushers patrons into the Big Top to behold 22 astonishing stunts, including Norwegian Marching Ducks, the Spectral Sphere and the Flying Fishtastics, each featuring an eye-opening optical illusion. It’s all here — fabulous phenomena, impossible objects, moving patterns, visual distortions and topsy-turvy geometric illusions!

Each page encourages kids to get into the act by solving the visual puzzles in every image — and they will delight in spinning, flipping, tilting and making funny faces at the book as they do so. Entertainment for the whole family, Wallace Edwards’s tour de force is a work of art that will leave readers spellbound by the power of perception and the magic of imagination.

Written and illustrated by Wallace Edwards

Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2007

Awards and Honours

  • Finalist (one of top five books), for the Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s book illustration;
  • Nominee, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award 2007;
  • Shortlisted, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award (Picture Book Category);
  • Shortlisted, Libris Illustrator of the Year Award 2008;
  • Shortlisted, Rocky Mountain Book Award 2009.

The Extinct Files

The Extinct Files

The Extinct Files

Are dinosaurs really extinct? Wally says no and he’s got his science project to prove it!

Student Wallace (Wally) Edwards has made a major discovery that is sure to rock the scientific  community. With painstaking study and some very revealing photographs, this clever young scholar backs up his extraordinary claim that dinosaurs are alive and living among us.

THE EXTINCT FILES: MY SCIENCE PROJECT clearly illustrates where dinosaurs of today live , what they eat, how they communicate and much, much more.

Skeptical? Wally’s findings are incredible indeed. But the hard evidence that we share the earth with dinosaurs is all within these pages. This is an explosive book  be careful where you read it. We recommend that you do so inside, with your doors locked and the curtains drawn.

Written and illustrated by Wallace Edwards

Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2006

Awards and Honours

  • Gold Medal, ‘IPPY’ (Independent Publisher Book Award) for best Children’s Picture Book, age 7 & over, 2007;
  • Listed in Our Choice 2007, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s guide to the best new Canadian books, with titles for the guide chosen by seven committees of children’s literature professionals from coast to coast;
  • Nominee, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award 2006.

Mixed Beasts

Mixed Beasts

Mixed Beasts

In these pages lurk bizarre beasts, such as the Bumblebeaver and the Rhinocerostrich, depicted in their natural environments. Readers possessing a sharp eye and an inquisitive nature will be rewarded with exotic flora and fauna hidden in each remarkable painting. So delay not, seekers of the strange and undiscovered. Step into the world of Mixed Beasts!

Illustrated by Wallace Edwards
Verses by Kenyon Cox

Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2005

Awards & Honours

  • Finalist (one of top five books), for the Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s book illustration;
  • Winner, 2005 MVP (‘most valuable pick’) award from Canada’s largest book wholesaler, “North 49 Books;”
  • Semi-Finalist, 2006 “IPPY” Award;
  • Honour Book, Canadian Library Association, children’s picture book category;
  • Shortlisted, Libris Illustrator of the Year Award;
  • Selected as a “Heather’s Pick” book (Indigo and Chapters bookstores).

Monkey Business

Monkey Business

Monkey Business

Award-winning author Wallace Edwards is back — and this time he’s up to some monkey business!  His weird and wonderful imagination offers up a brilliant collection of illustrated idioms.

From “let the cat out of the bag” to “snug as a bug in a rug,” these familiar sayings are re-imagined in hilarious and unexpected ways. To help readers stay “on the ball,” the idioms are used in a sentence that accompanies each illustration —and the meaning of each idiom is explained at the end of the book.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Readers will go ape when they discover the hidden monkey in each lavishly illustrated page.

Written and illustrated by Wallace Edwards

Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2004

Awards & Honours

  • Winner, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award;
  • Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award for best children’s picture book in Canada;
  • Winner, Great Book Award 2005 from the Canadian Toy Testing Council;
  • Silver Medal, ForeWord Magazine’s 2004 Book-of-the-Year-Award (United States), picture book category;
  • Winner, 2005 Children’s Choices Award (Beginning and Young Readers) from the International Reading Association. (The award selection process involves a jury of 10,000 children from four different U.S. regions.)
  • Winner, 2009 Grand Canyon Reader Award, non-fiction category, Arizona Library Association _ AzLA (nominated and selected by children of the state of Arizona).