Lois Simmie's stay at the ivy-covered Sylvia Hotel at English Bay in Vancouver, and her meeting with the hotel's large, gray resident cat "who seemed to own the place", resulted in her children's story Mister Got To Go (Red Deer College Press, 1995) with illustrations by Cynthia Nugent of Vancouver. Nugent graduated from the University of Alberta in 1979 and has since had several one-person exhibitions of her art.

Cynthia Nugent's first young adult novel Francesca and the Magic Bike is a fanciful story about a ten-year-old girl who is sent to live with her bumbling father Ron Rudderless following the death of her mother. A kindly old neighbour sends Frankie on a quest with a magic bike and a dog named Dan to obtain a family heirloom that can favourably alter Frankie's domestic circumstances enough to satisfy the concerns of Social Services.

The 2008 Time to Read Award: BC Achievement Foundation Award for Early Literacy was presented to author Bill Richardson and illustrator Cynthia Nugent for the The Aunts Come Marching by BC Achievement Foundation Board member, The Hon. Iain Black.

An impulsive dog and a near-sighted dog are the odd couple of buddies in Cynthia Nugent's Fred and Pete at the Beach (Orca $19.95). Left at home because they misbehaved, the canines want to accompany their human Ron to the beach, so Pete persuades his reluctant pal Fred to sneak onto a Canada Post truck, then a baby cart, then a bus. It all turns out swimmingly, and Ron shares his sandwiches and blanket. A frolicsome tale inspired by Nugent's Yorkshire terrier Emma.

Nugent won a Chocolate Lily Award for I Want to Go to the Moon (Simply Read 2012), a picture book based on a song by singer/songwriter Tom Saunders. "I met Tom at the Vancouver Ukulele Circle and instantly became a big fan of his performances. Later, I discovered that he co-wrote all the theme music for the television series, Robson Arms. When Tom gave me a CD of children's music that he recorded I couldn't believe my ears. This was tiptop Canadian children's music. I asked him if I could do some sketches and pitch one of the songs as the basis for a picture book. Simply Read agreed to publish it."

In 2017 Cynthia Nugent was part of a team that made a storytelling "app" for The King's Ears, a story narrated by Monty Python's Terry Jones. This story is based on Katarina Jovanovic's original text for The King Has Goat Ears (Tradewind 2008), winner of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize in 2009, illustrated by Philippe Béha.

BOOKS:

Mister Got to Go (Red Deer College Press 1995; Raincoast). Illustrations by Nugent.
Mister Got to Go and Arnie (Raincoast). Illustrations by Nugent.
Goodness Gracious, Gulliver Mulligan (Raincoast, 2002). With Susan Chalker Browne.
When Cats Go Wrong (Raincoast 2004). Written and performed by Norm Hacking. Illustrations by Nugent.
Francesca and the Magic Bike (Raincoast 2004). YA novel, text by Nugent.
The Aunts Come Marching (2007) text by Bill Richardson, illustrations by Nugent.
Honey Cake (Tradewind 2007) $16.95 978-1-896580-37-1 by Joan Stuchner with illustrations by Cynthia Nugent
Fred and Pete at the Beach (Orca, 2009) 978-1-55469
I want to go to the Moon by Tom Saunders & Cynthia Nugent (illus) (Simply Read 2012) -- Chocolate Lily Award winner for Picture Book
Kiddo (Tradewind 2019) $12.95 978-1-896580-66-1

[BCBW 2019] "Illustration"