Born on January 17, 1968 in Smithers, B.C., Robert Chaplin studied Fine Art at UVic and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2004. His practice includes carving gem stones, making sculptures, drawing pictures, writing stories and publishing books.
His ‘Brussels Sprouts & Unicorns ‘ placed first in the 2010 Alcuin Awards for book design.

‘Teeny Ted From Turnip Town’ 2007, was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's smallest book, at 69 x 97 microns. Written by Malcolm Chaplin and designed by Robert Chaplin, in association with nanoscientists at Simon Fraser University, it fits on the cross section of a human hair.

‘Ten Counting Cat’ 2006, placed second in the Alcuin Awards for book design.

Brussels Sprouts & Unicorns also received an Alcuin design award in 2010.


Alien Alphabet (Raincoast Books 1994)

The Matchbook-a fireside fable (Library Editions inc. 2001)

Ten Counting Cat (Library Editions inc. 2005)

The Elephant Book (Library Editions inc. 2006)

Teeny Ted from Turnip Town (2007)

Delicious Chicken Soup (Library Editions inc. 2008)

Brussels Sprouts & Unicorns (Library Editions inc. 2010)

The Elves & The Shoemaker: Shoes by John Fluevog (Library Editions 2016). Adapted and illustrated by Robert Chaplin rca

Photo Credit: Hélène Gauchou

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