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Award History

Jury Citation

“Joie-de-vivre is the hallmark of Marie-Louise Gay’s art and writing. Whether Gay is exploring children’s fears, their natural wonder, or the fantastic possibilities of imagination, her loose lines, up-beat colours, and playful scripts convey the sheer delight to be had in childhood discovery. With a subtle, light touch, she displays in words and pictures the sophisticated interplay of confidence and fear, fancy, and practicality that is at the heart of children’s growth and experience. Gay brings to Canadian literature a triumphant blend of humour, exuberance and thoughtfulness.”
— 2005 Vicky Metcalf Award Jury (Deirdre Baker, Nora Flynn, and Kit Pearson)