"I was visiting the Northwest Territories and this kind man from Hay River lent me his truck so I wouldn't get stuck while driving around. When I got back to his home to return the truck, his daughter Ciara was there all ready for a hockey game—she was in her team uniform and her mom was going to drive her all the way across town to the rink.
I asked them why there wasn't a rink on the river right near their house. Ciara's dad explained that the river ice was a mess. But Ciara agree that it would be nice to play on a rink close by.
Right then a story came into my head! I wrote it on my plane ride to Edmonton, sent it to Ciara, and asked if she wanted to be in a book."
— Robert Munsch
MICHAEL MARTCHENKO's illustrations are as instantly identifiable as Robert Munsch's stories. He was the recipient of the Canadian Booksellers' Association Children's Illustrator of the Year Libris Award in 2006.
Author's Residence: Guelph, Ontario
Author's Website: www.robertmunsch.com
Illustrator's Residence: Toronto, Ontario