Dr. George Elliott Clarke, O.C., O.N.S., Ph.D., is a native of Windsor, Nova Scotia, and is the Poet Laureate of Toronto, Ontario, where he teaches Canadian literature at the University of Toronto. His prize-winning books comprise poetry--Whylah Falls (1990), Execution Poems (2000), and Blues and Bliss (2008)--and a novel, George & Rue (2004). His daughter, Aurelia, has shortened "Papa" to "Pup," which is his most cherished title. Susan Tooke is an award-winning artist and children's book illustrator whose work has been exhibited across North America. In 2003, she received the Halifax Mayor's Award for Illustration, and she is a three-time winner of the Lillian Sheppard Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration, for Full Moon Rising, Up Home, and The City Speaks in Drums. She lives in Halifax. Visit http://susantookeart.blogspot.ca/ for Susan Tooke's art blog.
"Clarke shares thoughts and feelings both lighthearted and deep in
his first collection of children's poetry...Tooke has enhanced the
whimsy and impact of the poems with bright and delightfully
animated paintings...This eclectic mix might appeal to a range of
"Clarke's rhythms swing and sway from scene to scene, evoking the exuberant imagination of the child...Tooke's brilliant illustrations bind together Clarke's verses, adding a sense of unity through colour and style. Her gorgeous images, which incorporate painting, photography, digital illustration, and collage, expand the imaginative vision of Clarke's words...Clarke's latest effort may be intended for children, but adult readers will find much to delight in as well."--Quill & Quire