#WindowWednesday: We are incredibly fortunate to have stores create window features of our books. We want to highlight their amazing work here on our blog for you to see (and perhaps you’ll discover a new local store).
Labour of Love
223 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5A 2L2
Window design: Lynn Rubens, inspired by Kass Reich
Photography: Regina Sheung
This is the last week for which the Penguin Shop will feature the Tundra takeover for our 50th anniversary. We hope you get a chance to visit (we’re giving away lots of goodies and hosting a contest in-store). Don’t forget, we have story time and crafts on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm.
While we wait for Thursday to arrive, we thought you’d like this little Q&A we did with some of our team members!
TARA, VP AND PUBLISHER, PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CANADA YOUNG READERS
1. What is your favourite thing about your job? Reading stories, looking at art and working with incredibly talented and devoted writers and illustrators.
2. Tell us about your favourite book as a child. I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books with all my heart. I read and reread them all. I drew pictures of the characters: the clothes they wore, the food they ate, their meager belongings. I pretended my Barbies were Laura and her family. There was something so comforting and appealing to me about the little world they occupied, the simplicity of their lives and their close family ties, especially Laura’s relationship with her Pa. And Garth Williams drawings … perfection.
3. Which Tundra character(s) would you want to have dinner with and why? Winifred Liszt: because she makes lists of her favorite cheeses and favorite Bowie songs. Narwhal: because he has great banter and loves a good waffle. Ooko: because I think he’d be my best Debbie.
LYNNE, PUBLISHING DIRECTOR, FICTION, PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CANADA YOUNG READERS
1. What is your favourite thing about your job? Working with people who love books as much as I do, especially children’s books.
2. Tell us about your favourite book as a child. One that I remember vividly is A Fish Out of Water, which (I’ve just discovered) was written by Helen Palmer, a children’s book author and editor, whose husband was Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr Seuss). For some reason this story of a boy who fed a goldfish too much and it kept growing and growing, moving from a bathtub to a pool until help arrives and it goes back to a normal size remains vividly in my mind. I had a series of goldfish around then but they didn’t get bigger, they just died.
3. Which Tundra character(s) would you want to have dinner with and why? I would love to have Annie Magruder and her dog Carson (Carson Crosses Canada) over — as long as they brought some delicious food from their travels across Canada! I want to drive across Canada myself and would love to hear more about their adventures.
LIZ, SENIOR MANAGING EDITOR
1. What is your favourite thing about your job? Working with a great group of people who love kids books; reading them, talking about them, creating them.
2. Tell us about your favourite book as a child. Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends was a wonderfully silly book and seemed to be written just for me!
3. Which Tundra character(s) would you want to have dinner with and why? I think Narwhal from Narwhal and Jelly would be the life of the party (and he would be more than alright with waffles served for dinner). The Dixie Chicks from Count Your Chickens would be great to have around for musical entertainment. And I’d love to see what Pepper from A Pattern for Pepper would wear to a dinner party!
1. What is your favourite thing about your job? Getting to work with writers and illustrators is such a wonderful thing! I love being able to help creators shape and perfect their work, whether it’s working with an artist on a composition for a picture book or a novelist on a particularly tricky plot point. It’s also nice to know that the work I’m doing helps get books into the hands of children. I loved reading as a kid, and so many books really stuck with me – I’m glad I get to help create that experience for kids reading today.
2. Tell us about your favourite book as a child. My favourite was definitely Ferdinand the Bull. The black and white illustrations are so fantastic, and the writing is funny and kind of weird. I was also really fond of The Olden Days Coat by Margaret Laurence and The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier.
3. Which Tundra character(s) would you want to have dinner with and why? Arlo the Armadillo, so that he could tell me about his travels. The bed from The Pirate’s Bed because he seems like a nice guy and I could take a nap at dinner that way. And the dinosaur from Adventures with Barefoot Critters because I think we have a lot in common (we are both very clumsy).
JESSICA, ASSOCIATE EDITOR
1. What is your favourite thing about your job? The hope that a book I’ve worked on will help a kid out there feel less alone, find out something they needed to know about themselves or the world, or just make them laugh a little.
2. Tell us about your favourite book as a child. One of my favourite books was The Man Who Didn’t Wash His Dishes – there was something delicious about how he really didn’t learn his lesson (the rain cleaned the dishes so he didn’t have to) and that he drank out of a flower vase and an ashtray rather than wash any dishes!
3. Which Tundra character(s) would you want to have dinner with and why? I think I’d like to have dinner with the Fitzgerald-Trouts and Mr. Knuckles. Maybe we could have a picnic at his laundromat (and shake down the vending machine for dessert).
1. What is your favourite thing about your job? Talking about kids books all day!
2. Tell us about your favourite book as a child.
Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman
3. Which Tundra character(s) would you want to have dinner with and why? Miss Moon so we could talk about our dogs! Lydia Blankenship from The Serpent King so she could take me shopping and we’d hang out and talk about our lives. Miss Petitfour – we would have a picnic dinner of pastries and cheese surrounded by adorable cats!
1. What is your favourite thing about your job? The rare chance I get to see sketches or final art when it comes in. We have so many talented illustrators!
2. Tell us about your favourite book as a child.
A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban, I wanted my own tea set so badly! I showed signs of wanting to host dinner parties at a very early age.
3. Which Tundra character(s) would you want to have dinner with and why? Colette because she would tell me fabulous stories about the Mile End. Narwhal and Jelly because they also love to eat waffles for dinner.
One of Toronto’s littlest bookstore is now dedicated to the littlest readers. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Canada’s oldest children’s publisher, Tundra Books, we have transformed the shop to feature Tundra’s classic and new children’s books.
The Tundra takeover is taking place from May 15th through June 9th, 2017. Plan your visit to see Tundra’s latest books, check out some staff picks and enjoy story time and crafts in the shop.
All activities take place from 1pm – 2pm on the days specified below.