Thanks to Mina Kerr-Lazenby for this article in North Shore News:
In the first few weeks of 2024, eagle eyed Lynn Johnston fans will likely have spotted hints of something new and exciting to come from the famous cartoonist. On Johnston’s website and social media pages were drawings, but not of John, Elly, Farley and the rest of the For Better or For Worse gang.
Instead they were of Johnston herself. One saw the artist slumped over her studio desk, daydreaming of a light blue robot and his mechanical canine friend. Another depicted Johnston wandering a nature trail, sketchpad and pencil in hand, drawing the sea of colourful robotic characters that surrounded her.
The sketches served as the first introduction to Alottabotz, the robotic world at the centre of a new series of children’s picture books written and illustrated by the artist.
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I tried to retire. I really did. But after a year or so of bumbling about, I realized I had to do something creative with my time!
I love robots! Robot characters are fun to draw and stories about them are fun to create. Once I had set my sights on robots, my thoughts turned to books. I decided to try my hand at writing stories for kids. I have written in rhyme because, somehow, that’s just how the muse manifested itself. I gave myself a year to come up with a number of illustrated books, and I have finished the first three!
A new Chicken Soup book is now available, featuring Lynn’s “Christmas Cookies” story.
You’ll be inspired by these tales of kindness, gratitude and giving. You’ll also pick up some creative ways to make your own holidays even more special, with new plans for family fun, gift ideas and recipes. These 101 real-life personal stories from the very best of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s library are filled with the cheer of the season. They’ll leave you smiling and eager to share the holidays, from Thanksgiving to Hanukkah to Christmas and New Year’s.
We didn’t forget the kids either. The stories in this collection are “Santa safe,” meaning that they keep the magic alive even for precocious readers. Your purchase will support Toys for Tots as well, creating miracles and blessings for children all over the U.S.