Elizabeth is a first time children's author and very talented illustrator. We launched her first book, Orange Kitty and the Mouse Parade, in winter 2022. Watch this space for more on her feisty feline's upcoming adventures.
Elizabeth currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After spending the last twenty years working with seniors, creating programs and day-to-day activities that utilized art, music, and dance, she decided to retire early to give herself the opportunity to work on projects that have been on the back burner for far too long. Over the last decades she has taken many workshops through community colleges, the University of British Columbia, as well as Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver where she was accepted in to their fine arts program, almost completing her first year there before life sent her in another direction. Many years later life once again set her adrift. A move from BC to Nova Scotia was a way to re-invent herself and become the person she has dreamed of being since her earliest memories. Workshops offered by the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) helped her continue her artist journey. Along with writing and illustrating, Elizabeth loves gardening, walks by the ocean, the wind, and cold cozy sweater weather. Her illustrations utilize pen and ink, colored ink, watercolor, and acrylic as well as digital art. Learn more about Elizabeth on her website at www.elizabethmgales.com/.
Orange Kitty and the Mouse Parade is a playful, colourful, vibrantly illustrated, counting and rhyming children's picture book about a sleepy cat that snoozes through a lively parade with fifty-five marching, cheering, trumpeting, baton-twirling mice, who tumble out from a "little blue door just an inch from the floor." Each dramatic page brings increasing numbers of little furry performers, from ONE marching maestro, through the final FIFTY-FIVE mice, spilling onto the page in a joyful splash of fun and frolics. Little readers will be charmed by the costumed revelers and will delight in counting the mice on each page and learning and recognizing the numbers emblazoned on each of their tiny costumes. Adult readers will love the read-aloud rhythm and help spark a love of learning, while counting along with their little ones, and helping spot the numbers.
Orange Kitty and the Mouse Parade is available at Dartmouth Book Exchange, Vickery House Books, and on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, Waterstones, and many other online retailers and can be ordered in to your local bookstore.
ISBN: 978-1-989833-29-2- soft cover
ISBN: 978-1-989833-28-5 - hard cover
This is the companion colouring book for the playful, colourful, vibrantly illustrated, counting and rhyming children’s picture book, Orange kitty and the Mouse Parade, about a sleepy cat that snoozes through a lively parade with fifty-five marching, cheering, trumpeting, baton-twirling mice!
“Orange Kitty and the Mouse Parade is a carnival of colourful images, rollicking rhymes and mice galore. Will Orange Kitty awake from her slumbers amidst the amusing antics of more and more (and more) talented and tiny mice that appear through “a little blue door...just an inch from the floor”? Perhaps all this is simply a feline fantasy...or is it? Through her vividly detailed illustrations and her imaginative word play, Gales has created a story to delight all children and the adults who read aloud to them.”
– Sylvia Gunnery, Author/Educator