For over twenty-five years, Crane’s comic strip, Pickles, has been delighting readers around the world, and for the first time he brings his beloved characters into a book intended specifically for children. Crane’s crotchety but endearing senior, Earl Pickles, can be humorous and often touching, and when his precocious grandson, Nelson, asks his Grampa to tell him a story, Earl’s imagination takes over. The two embark on a journey filled with whales, hot dogs, and an intense but lovable ostrich in a raincoat. Written by award-winning Canadian children’s author Dianne Young, this quirky tale is sure to entertain children, fans of the strip, and anybody who enjoys a rollicking adventure.
Brian Crane’s Pickles is syndicated in over 900 newspapers worldwide. He has been nominated three times for the Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year award by the National Cartoonists Society and won in 2013. Pickles has been nominated twice as Best Comic Strip, a prestigious award it won in 2001. Crane lives in Sparks, Nevada, with his wife and family, which consists of seven children and eight grandchildren.
Dianne Young is an educational assistant in an elementary school, a mother, a wife, a writer, and a yodeler. She was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and she has been writing for children for over twenty years. Her previous publications include The Abaleda Voluntary Firehouse Band, Dear Flyary, which won the 2014 Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature.