On Tumbledown HillAuthor Tim Wynne-Jones Illustrated by Dusan Petricic ISBN 9780889954090 Binding Trade Paper Publisher Red Deer Press Inc Publication Date April 17, 2008 Size 279 x 235 mm
Alberta Children's Book of the Year winner
Alberta Book Design Award winner
Alberta Illustration Award winner
In this wildly whimsical tale, a cautious but determined painter withstands the threats of a mob of monsters in order to pursue his art. But these monsters are bent on making mischief. What's an artist to do amidst all this chaos. While the energetic pranksters run amok, the painter resolves to stay put and paint-all day if he must. Gradually his desire to create outstrips his fear of the rambunctious rogues.
As the words diminish in On Tumbledown Hill with each page, the story is taken over by the hilarious witty revelations in the illustrations, and we discover who the monsters really are-a gang of unruly children out to have fun.
" It is hard to find a children's author who can match Tim-Wynne Jones for originality, unpredictability and versatility. From his well-loved "Zoom" series to his Governor General's award winning young adult books, Some of the Kinder Planets (Short stories,1993) and The Maestro (1995), Wynne-Jones never fails to delight and challenge his young readers. On Tumbledown Hill is: A story in twenty-six sentences-no more! And every sentence is one word shorter than the sentence before. . . The artist has cleverly arranged the rhyming text of Wynne-Jones' twenty-six sentence story to diminish page by page as his bright, bouncy, water-colour illustrations take over the story.
— CM Magazine
Dusan Petricic immigrated to Canada four years ago after a distinguished career as an illustrator in his native Yugoslavia. He started drawing at age four and has received the IBBY Certificate of Honor and an Alberta Book Award for On Tumbledown Hill. Dusan is a cartoonist for The Toronto Star and the New York Review of Books, a father and grandfather, and lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and daughter.