Born and raised in England, Laurie Payne settled in the Shuswap Valley in the 1960s. A widely exhibited artist, sculptor and painter, he wrote his first children's book, Mush and the Big Blue Flower (Oolichan 2007), about a boy who is persuaded he has lost his voice. This allegorical fantasy, illustrated by Ruth Campbell, also features a magic flying teapot that transports him as he searches for his missing voice. 978-088982-242-5 $21.95

[BCBW 2007] "Kidlit"