Mike Shiell - Illustrator

Like most kids, Mike liked to draw, and once he started to get recognition for his drawings, he drew more and more. He also liked to make people laugh, so put those two things together and you have a cartoonist on your hands.

Mike is inspired by the way kids create art that is so alive, loose and free. For kids, the act of creating art is just another time to play. This gives them the freedom to try out new ideas without the fear of failure.

Many of Mike's funny ideas come from observing the world around him and twisting everyday occurrences into funny and sometimes totally absurd cartoons, drawings and short animated films.

Mike's cartoons and illustrations have appeared in many magazines, books and greeting cards in North America and Europe. His animated series, The Melon Shorts, has appeared in numerous film festivals around the world and has won a number of awards.

Even on his most stressful and not-so-fun days, Mike reminds himself that he is making a living doing the thing that he had dreamed of doing when he was a little kid.

Jasper John Dooley: Lost and Found

2015 - Best Bets Junior Fiction (Series), Ontario Library Association, Commended

Jasper John Dooley: Public Library Enemy #1

2018 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Chapter Book Category, Short-listed
2017 - Delaware Diamonds Award, Diamond State Reading Association, Short-listed
2016 - Best Bets Junior Fiction, Ontario Library Association, Commended

Stinky Science

2021 - Red Cedar Award, BC Young Reader's Choice Awards, Short-listed
2019 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner