Written by Marie-Louise Gay
Publication Date August 11, 2014
Many children want to know where stories come from and how a book is made. Marie-Louise Gay’s new picture book provides them with some delightfully inspiring answers in a fictional encounter between an author and some very curious children, who collaborate on writing and illustrating a story.
Marie-Louise has scribbled, sketched, scrawled, doodled, penciled, collaged and painted the words and pictures of a story-within-a-story that show how brilliant ideas creep up on you when you least expect it and how words sometimes float out of nowhere asking to be written.
Any Questions? presents a world inhabited by lost polar bears, soaring pterodactyls, talking trees and spotted snails, with cameo appearances by some of Marie-Louise’s favorite characters — a world where kids can become part of the story and let their imaginations run wild… and just maybe they will be inspired to create stories of their own.
At the end of the book, Marie-Louise provides answers to many of the questions children have asked her over the years, such as “Are you Stella?” “How did you learn to draw?” “Can your cat fly?” “How many books do you make in one day?”
Winner of the Amelia Frances Howard‐Gibbon Illustrator’s Award 2015
Short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration 2014
Short-listed for the Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature 2014
Selected for the School Library Journal Best Books of the Year 2014
Selected for the Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year 2014
Selected for the Globe 100 Best Books 2014
Selected for the Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2015
Selected for the Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts 2015
Short-listed for the Vancouver Children's Roundtable Information Book Award 2015
Short-listed for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2015
Selected for the White Ravens 2015
Marie-Louise Gay has achieved international acclaim as an author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal.
"A delightful and interactive step into the world of creating engaging picture books for children." Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
"The sideline commentary from some talkative cats and opinionated children contribute a light touch of humor, and the overall message—that creativity is messy and fun!—is empowering." Booklist
"Marie-Louise Gay has the extraordinary ability to inhabit the mind and voice of a young child. . . . Lovingly illustrated in watercolour, coloured pencil, pastel, and collage, Gay’s cartoon-like drawings convey the exuberance of the young." CM Magazine
"Running commentary from children and animals in the background of Gay's mixed-media spreads provides comedic moments as Gay encourages readers to push their own creative boundaries." Publishers Weekly
"A smart, slightly meta exploration of creativity and the art of storytelling." Quill & Quire
"A multicultural cast of curious children barrage the unseen author with dozens of questions . . . Revisit this one often!" Library Media Connection