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Rémy Simard (1959–) Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Member, Honors Awards, Writings, Sidelights

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Born 1959, in Canada. Education: University of Montreal, bachelor's degree (political science). Hobbies and other interests: Riding his motorcycle.

Addresses

Agent—Mela Bolinao, HK Portfolio, 10 E. 29th St., 40G, New York, NY 10016.

Career

Cartoonist, commercial artist, writer, and illustrator, 1980–. Kami-Case (publishing house), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, founder, 1986.

Member

ACIBD.

Honors Awards

Governor General's Award, Mr. Christie Book Award, Studio magazine Merit Award, and White Raven Collection choice, International Youth Library (Munich, German), all for My Dog Is an Elephant.

Writings

FOR CHILDREN

(With François Benoit) Fraude électrique, Ovale (Quebec, Canada), 1984.

(With François Benoit) Le cloître de New York, Ovale (Quebec, Canada), 1986.

Je sense qu'on me regarde (comic series), Kami-Case (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1987.

(With Philippe Chauveau) Les momie's (comic series), Kami-Case (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1988.

La B.D. donne des boutons, Boréal (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1991.

La léopard à la peau de banane, Boréal (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1993.

Monsieur Noir-et-Blanc, DV Éditeurs (Montreal, Canada), 1993.

Gardez l'antenne, Éditions Pierre Tisseyre (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1993.

Mon chien est un éléphant, illustrated by Pierre Pratt, Annick Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1994, translated as My Dog Is an Elephant, 1994.

Le père Noël a une cravaison (comic series), Kami-Case (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1994.

Le bottine magique de Pipo, illustrated by Pierre Pratt, Annick Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1995, translated as The Magic Boot, 1995.

L'horrible monstre, Les 400 Coups (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1997.

Monsieur Ilétaitenufois, illustrated by Pierre Pratt, Annick Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1998, translated as Mister Once-upon-a-Time, 1998.

Docteur Frankenstein, Les 400 Coups (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1998.

Monsieur le Président (comic series), Kami-Case (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 2001.

Les acariens attanquent (young-adult novel), Boréal Maboul (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 2002.

Où est non casse-tête?, Les 400 Coups (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 2002.

Jim Moutarde à la recherche du fabuleux diamant, Les 400 Coups (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 2002.

Méchant Boris (comic series), La Pastèque, 2003.

Oncle Joles achète une voiture, Les 400 Coups (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 2003.

Creator of comic series, including "La soeur violente," "Téle-Détente," "Ray Gliss," and "Zasa Dabord." Contributor to numerous publications, including Iceberg, Mic Mac, Cocktail, Croc, Titanic, and Circus.

Author's works have been translated into German, Spanish, Korean, and Italian.

"ROBERVAL KID" SERIES

Le voleur de voix, Éditions Pierre Tisseyres (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1991.

Les tracteurs sauvages, Éditions Pierre Tisseyres (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1991.

Le drôle de Noël de Roberval Kid, Éditions Pierre Tisseyres (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1991.

La ruée vers l'art, Éditions Pierre Tisseyres (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 1991.

ILLUSTRATOR

Mimi Legault, Rouli-roulant, rouli-roulante (novel), Tisseyre (Montreal, Canada), 1991.

Peter Rillero, Totally Gross Chemistry, Publications International (Lincolnwood, IL), 1999.

Stuart J. Murphy, Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2001.

Jeri S. Cipriano, Punctuation Made Easy, Publications International (Lincolnwood, IL), 2003.

Susan Bloom, English Made Easy, Publications International (Lincolnwood, IL), 2003.

Stuart J. Murphy, Polly's Pen Pal, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2005.

Also illustrator of "Aventures de Billy Bob" series, by Philippe Chauveau, published by Boréal.

Sidelights

Montreal-based artist and writer Rémy Simard began his career as a commercial artist and illustrator after graduating from the University of Montreal with a degree in political science. Focusing much of his early career on creating comics for French-Canadian publications, he began publishing collections of his work in 1986, through his own press, Kami-Case. Since 1990, he has produced a number of original children's books in collaboration with illustrator Pierre Pratt, including First published in French as Monsieur Ilétaitunefois, Mister Once-upon-a-Time finds a whole village annoyed when a little man keeps interrupting their storytelling. (Illustration by Pierre Pratt.)the to-English translations The Magic Boot, Mister Once-upon-a-Time, and the award-winning My Dog Is an Elephant, all of which feature Simard's quirky humor.

Simard's move to children's literature has cast him as illustrator for works by both Canadian and American writers. Stuart J. Murphy's Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes marked Simard's introduction to American readers. Published in 2001, the book introduces young readers to the world of three dimensional shapes by utilizing an engaging space format. As they explore outer galaxies with Captain Invincible and his space dog, Comet, children also become acquainted with common shapes such as the pyramid, cube and cone. "The bold cartoon art in deep, bright colors draws readers into this fun and exciting story," commented School Library Journal critic Wanda Meyers-Hines. Shelley Townsend-Hudson, writing in Booklist, declared that Simard's work for the book holds "out-of-this-world appeal."

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Booklist, November 15, 2001, Shelley Townsend-Hudson, review of Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes, p. 578.

Publishers Weekly, August 28, 1995, review of The Magic Boot, p. 113.

Quill & Quire, September, 1994, review of My Dog Is an Elephant, p. 72; August, 1995, review of The Magic Boot, p. 32.

Resource Links, February, 1999, review of Mister Once-upon-a-Time, p. 6.

School Library Journal, February, 1995, Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, review of My Dog Is an Elephant, p. 82; October, 2001, Wanda Meyers-Hines, review of Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes, p. 144.

ONLINE

Annick Press Web site, http://www.annickpress.com/ (October 30, 2005), "Rémy Simard."

Lambiek Web site, http://www.lambiek.net/ (October 30, 2005), "Rémy Simard."

Rémy Simard Home Page, http://www.remysimard.com (March 3, 2006).

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