Overcoming fear is also the theme of Lilly and Lucy's Shadow (Benjamin Brown Books, 2007, $19.95), Christopher Aslan Kennedy's first book from a fledgling Vancouver-based imprint. Kennedy has partnered "both on and off the page"; with newbie publisher Meghan Spong, production editor at Raincoast Books.

Lilly and Lucy are two wild-haired girls who head for the park to play on the balance beam. "Wiggling and jiggling...and always giggling,"; the pair meet up with Stan who is cowed by his bullying shadow. Afraid to play, Stan escapes the park with a dire warning for the girls to be careful. Lilly and Lucy start to notice their own menacing shadows, but the dauntless girls face their fears by asking their shadows if they want to dance.

Illustrated by Vancouver artist Stephanie Hill, this title has already picked up an iParenting Media Award. The second in Spong's planned series dubbed The Rainbow Collection will be called Wenda the Wacky Wiggler. -- Louise Donnelly 978-0-9782553-0-5

[BCBW 2007] "Illustration"