Wednesday, November 10, 2010

12th November Marjorie Sharmat (1928) Judy Horacek (1961)

Marjorie Sharmat is the author of the Nate the Great books. When I started teaching and there were far less of what we now call 'bridging' novels, those books that children read when they move from reading scheme books to 'real' novels, than there is now. I used Nate the Great stories to hook my students into reading and to start them off on detective or mystery stories. Marjorie wrote the original story in 1972 and it was illustrated by Marc Simont. Many other titles followed and Nate's cousin Olivia Sharp who was introduced in Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective got her own series of books in 2002.

Judy Horacek is an Australian cartoonist and illustrator whose work is very hard to resist. Young children love her because she is the illustrator of the prize-winning Where is the Green Sheep? written by Mem Fox. She is also the author illustrator of the The Story of Growl and three wonderful books in the Puffin Baby series. Adults love her for her clever cartoons which make mothers and workers like me feel okay about their lot in life and their need to take time out especially to read. Not that I ever need an excuse to read but a friend gave me a fun teatowel with a Judy Horacek cartoon that gave me permission to do it before the housework! If you don't know her for her cartoons check out her website and have a good giggle.

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