Frank Viva

Sea Change (Gr. 5-8)

Frank Viva

Sea Change (Gr. 5-8)


Frank Viva is an award-winning illustrator and designer who has published several children’s books. His first picture book Along a Long Road was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Illustration and was named one of The New York Times’ 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2011. His other books for children include Outstanding in the Rain and A Long Way Away amongst many. His art has appeared in many places such as The New York Times and the cover of the New Yorker. Frank runs a branding and design agency in Toronto and is past president of the Advertising & Design Club of Canada. But making books is his favourite thing to do.


Sea Change (Gr. 5-8)

One summer can change your whole life. As soon as school lets out, Eliot’s parents send him to the very edge of the world: a fishing village in a remote part of Nova Scotia. And what does the small town of Point Aconi have to offer? Maggots, bullies and grumpy old men. But along the way, Eliot discovers much more – a hidden library, starry nights and a mysterious girl named Mary Beth. A warm, funny and innovatively designed coming-of-age story.

…the lure of visual surprises and wordplay will spur readers forward in this handsomely designed book.— School Library Journal

Other Books

Outstanding in the Rain (Gr. 2+)

Step right up! Step right up to the amusing amusement park! It’s a whole story, and the pages have holes! Watch the holes make pictures! See the holes make words. Whole words! Change an ice man into a nice man! Frank Viva’s tale of a boy spending his birthday at the amusement park will amaze readers big and small with astounding die-cuts that transform both words and pictures in delightful ways.

Drawing With: New Yorker cover illustrator Frank Viva shows off his pencil to digital process; Author and illustrator Frank Viva shows us how he uses paper and pencil to sketch out his drawings before bringing them to life in Illustrator.

Young Charlotte, Filmmaker (Gr. 2+)

Young Charlotte is a filmmaker who loves everything that’s black and white, including spiders, penguins, and the old movies. With her camera at the ready wherever she goes, she finds inspiration for movies everywhere she looks, but through her camera lens, she sees the world differently than the other kids. When her parents and classmates just don’t “get” her, she’s ready to give up—until a lucky encounter with a film curator changes her perspective.

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What to Read: The Best of the GGs – $20

15 Oct 2016
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Arts Commons – Big Secret Theatre, 205 8th Ave SE