Sat, June 15, 2019 11:00 A.M.
Parkway Central Library
Meet K-Fai Steele, the author and illustrator of the new book A Normal Pig for a special storytime and book signing party! Attendees will also get a drawing lesson and the opportunity to purchase a special signed copy of the book with a personalized drawing.
A Normal Pig is about Pip, a spotted pig who grows up in an all-pink pig town. Pip is by her standards pretty normal; she likes to draw, play with friends, read, and make art. Everything changes for her when she’s told that she’s not normal at all. A Normal Pig is about accepting other people on their own terms, and gets us to think about the question: what is normal? Who gets to say what normal means?
“Steele communicates her message that “normal” is in the eye of the beholder without a whiff of preachiness. Her cartoon pigs, done in watercolor with assured, black outlines, are appealing, and any child who feels they stand out in any way will identify and feel empowered. Delightful and important.” (★ Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
“Steele shows how powerful and comforting a wider perspective can be. The watercolor-and-ink cartooning combines a keen eye for domestic and school dynamics with a sweet goofiness that pulls readers through the story, until Pip emerges at the end a wiser and stronger pig.” (★ Publishers Weekly, starred review)
K-Fai Steele is an author-illustrator who grew up in a house built in the 1700s with a printing press her father bought from a magician. She is currently a Brown Handler Writer in Residence at the San Francisco Public Library and is the 2019 James Marshall Fellow at the University of Connecticut. A Normal Pig is her author-illustrator debut with Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Childrens. K-Fai lives in San Francisco.