Spent yesterday afternoon with Christina Leist and her friends, celebrating the release of her new picture book JACK THE BEAR.
The party took place at Christianne's Lyceum in Kitsilano, and by the time things got going, it was standing room only.
Christina read her story, and then helped all her fans learn how to draw a picture of Jack on the backs of paper grocery bags. (Here Christianne Hayward acts as a human easel for the artist.)
The whole story was illustrated that way, and a most beautiful book it is. Though she has illustrated other books, this is Christina's first endeavour as the writer and the illustrator, and the results are just beautiful.
Kids love reading it.
Grownups love reading it.
And to finish? Rob the baker from Tinker's Hatch Bakery brought in special Jack the Bear cookies!
If you'd like to see more pictures, check out my flickr page HERE.