Portfolio | “9-1-1 Quack!” children’s book illustrations

By heather at 7:45 am on Wednesday, November 15, 2006

9-1-1 Quack!

Heather Castles / Scholastic Education Canada

“9-1-1 Quack!”
Illustrated by Heather Castles
Written by Vi Hughes
Published by Scholastic Education Canada (Toronto, Ontario)
ISBN 0779151771
Literacy Place for the Early Years - K
(Big Book, Small Book, CD)
Published Date : December 2004 - March 2005

Media Used To Create :
Colored Pencil, Pencil, Watercolor
Collaborators : N. Upfield

Description of the process :
This is the second children’s book I illustrated…and the process was much different, as with an educational publisher there are more restrictions on what you can / can’t do for children’s illustrations. For instance the second last page of the story I had a police officer in the background enjoying a donut & coffee on a park bench… and though the idea was found to be endearing by some, it was swapped to having the officer drinking bottled water to avoid making stereotypical impressions on the kindergarten aged kiddies. This story was a delight to illustrate, and I was very happy with the end product.

Story Synopsis :
Based on a true story, baby ducklings fall through a drain grate and are rescued by local policemen.

“9-1-1 Quack!” is available through Scholastic Education Canada.

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Comment by Wilma

September 10, 2008 @ 5:22 pm

I remember the story from an old newspaper article. Was it the Vancouver Sun? And when?

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Comment by heather

September 25, 2008 @ 4:35 pm

YES, it’s a true story! Hmm, not sure when it happened, it was in
Vancouver… I illustrated the book in late 2004, so I would guess it
happened a couple years before that (knowing how long it takes for
stories to be approved for the educational book market.)

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