Canadian illustrator and graphic designer Frank Viva is currently working on a TOON Book title about an arctic adventure, tentatively scheduled for publication in 2013. Viva, who recently published his first children’s book, “Along A Long Road” to much acclaim, shared with The National Post his love of cycling that inspired the book’s idea. He told the Post that he rides his bicycle for an 8 km journey to commute from his home to his office whenever the weather permits. In “Along A Long Road,” the protagonist similarly rides along a winding road past Viva’s beautifully illustrated scenery.
Viva, whose illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Time Magazine, and the New York Times, also shared his thoughts on working in the field of children’s literature. He told the Post, “I’ve always wanted to do a kids book. The idea that I could combine words and pictures and books—three of my favourite things—just really appealed to me. I thought I’d get around to it one day, and finally I did.”
Viva will work his magic again for his second children’s book, to be published by TOON Books. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest updates on his upcoming title here at the TOON Books blog!