Come join the Alphabet Sweeties and all their friends on a yummy journey from A to Z. Twist your tongue with tantalizing alliterative verse while savouring each and every letter. Whether it's along the Amber Amazon or over the Majestic Mushroom Mountain, you will find yourself surrounded by delightful drawings and whimsical words. The alphabet is as sweet as pie!
...all the illustrations
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From the time I was 2 years old until I was about 7, I lived on a 90 acre country property. There were big rolling hills with thickets for rabbits, a pond, and a forest with a stream deep in a ravine. Those early years in the outdoors formed deep roots in me that have never loosened.
I attended a typical school and kept to myself - just trying to get through without drawing too much attention. I began doodling when I was small. My mom would give me scraps of paper, the insides of cereal boxes, and even old receipts to draw on. I liked crayons. I guess I never really thought about how much I liked to create things until I was older and realized that not every kid made as much stuff as I did.
I began making 'books' when I was about 6. The first story I remember writing was about a flying horse with a rainbow mane and tail; I entitled it “Rainbow Dust”. My mom typed it up at work and printed it out for me so it looked 'professional' and then I illustrated it. I made a couple more books and really enjoyed the process.
I have never illustrated full-time professionally; it has only ever been a hobby. I have not really gone too deep into the world of publishing, never attended any seminars or conferences about illustrating.
I came up with the Yummy illustrations by just reading the Dictionary. Once I had pulled out all the words I liked for the specific letter, the drawing would just form in my mind and flow out. That is the best way I can describe it. I didn’t plan much. I would just draw it out.
I worked a lot on the floor. I don’t have a dedicated ‘studio’ room right now but I do have a corner, sort of. Right now I’m sewing a lot so I sit at an old desk at my sewing machine. But when I’m drawing I usually end up on the floor sort of curled over my drawing. I created a lot of Yummy that way.
The Alphabet Sweeties just began one at a time, in order from A on. I drew first in pencil, and then inked the entire 26, and then had to figure out how to colour them, which led to my accidental technique find that ended up being perfect for it.
I hope to work on another book soon...
"If you like combining art and reading, then a new children’s book by Canadian artist Sparrow called Yummy from A to Z is sure to get your attention. For each letter of the alphabet, Sparrow has created a tasty character, with names such as Vivacious Vivian Vanilla Wafer and Kiki Key Lime Pie. Each of these tasty characters is drawn in a setting that emphasizes other items that begin with that letter as well. For instance, Yummy Yolanda Yogurt has adventures with a Yammering Yak and some yellow yarn among other things." The illustrations have a beautiful, soft quality that comes from a technique Sparrow says she stumbled upon while creating a painting one day."
Mother Daughter Book Club