Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Tuesday’s Featured Children’s Book: Making Grizzle Grow

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Tuesday’s Featured Children’s Book: Making Grizzle Grow

Making Grizzle Grow
by Rachna Gilmore, illustrated by Leslie Elizabeth Watts
Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2007
32 pages

When Dad doesn’t have time to play in the snow with her, Emily is annoyed. Then she becomes so mad that she makes a snow dinosaur and calls it Grizzle. Grizzle comes alive, and she is a Dilophosaurus with a temper to match Emily’s.

And Grizzle is hungry - so hungry that Emily rustles up some snow pizzas with lots of pepperoni. Then Grizzle begins to grow and as Emily makes more and more meals out of the backyard snow Grizzle snaps it all up and growls for more. She is really hungry! At last Grizzle turns her attention to Dad, who has wandered outside to admire Emily’s handiwork. If Emily doesn’t do something fast, Dad will make an excellent snack!

An imaginative and endearing story about what happens when your temper gets the better of you, Making Grizzle Grow is also about real love - the kind that doesn’t disappear just because you get mad. A great book for lovers of dinosaurs and fun in the snow.

Rachna Gilmore is the award-winning author of over a dozen titles for children of all ages, including The Sower of Tales, A Screaming Kind of Day, Mina’s Spring of Colors and A Group of One. She has won the Governor General’s Award, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor, and her work has appeared on the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age List. Most recently, The Sower of Tales won the National Chapter IODE Violet Downey Book Award.

Born in India, Rachna has lived in London, England, and in Prince Edward Island. Today she makes her home in Ottawa, Ontario.

Leslie Elizabeth Watts is a writer and fine artist who has illustrated over ten picture books for children, including The Baabaasheep Quartet, The Most Beautiful Kite in the World, and Princess Stinkytoes and the Brave Frog Robert, which she also wrote. She has won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrators’ Award, and the Shining Willow Award among others. Born in Weston, Ontario, Leslie now lives in Stratford, Ontario.

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