When Patrick Girouard was growing up his teachers constantly scolded him for drawing monsters in class. Many years later he illustrated his first book, Halloween Holiday Grab Bag, and got to put those same monsters to good use. Since then he has illustrated over one hundred books for children. They include Yikes- Lice!, winner of Science Books and Films Best Books 1999, and I Have a Weird Brother Who Digested a Fly, a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book.

   Patrick’s clients include Sesame Street Magazine, National Geographic World, Kid City, Spider, Weekly Reader, USA Today and many others. His work can be found on greeting cards, games, toys, puzzles, odd scraps of paper, the margins of newspapers, and his Mom’s refrigerator door. Patrick loves coffee and hates writing about himself in the third person.

Selected Reviews of Patrick’s Illustrated Books

Donna Caffey
Illustrations by Patrick Girouard.
   Finally, a simple, non-threatening, explanation of the nuisance of lice. Almost every child and family will encounter them somewhere in their school career whether on themselves or a classmate. Humorous text and cartoon-like drawings, simple explanations and instructions demystify this byproduct of togetherness. Each page contains text for children, but also includes more detailed explanations for adults. Complete instructions on how to rid the family of these pesky creatures is included. 1998, Albert Whitman, $13.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D. (Children’s Literature).

I Have a Weird Brother Who Swallowed a Fly
Joan Holub
Illustrations by Patrick Girouard.
   This is the story of a young boy – the young storyteller’s weird brother – who swallowed a fly on a dare from his sister. The story is told in verse with paragraphs on each page describing the actual human digestive system. The descriptions are thorough but simple–“your throat squeezes together when you swallow. It pushes the food down into a tube called the esophagus.” Cartoon illustrations clarify the point, showing the esophagus like a tube of toothpaste being squeezed. While Joan Holub has provided a humorous vehicle to convey important biological concepts, teachers should beware. Half the class is likely to consider the notion of swallowing a fly “gross,” while the other half will take advantage of the comment that a big burp at the end of a meal is encouraged in some countries as a sign the food was good. 1999, Albert Whitman & Company, $13.95. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Karen Leggett (Children’s Literature).

Program Details

For over ten years Patrick has enjoyed visiting schools and speaking at Young Author’s Conferences and libraries all over the country. His program includes:

  • Showing students how he illustrates a children’s book, from the moment he receives the manuscript through to publication.
  • Educating students in a fun and entertaining presentation that demonstrates how he brings a story and it’s characters to life.
  • Showing how he prepares the final art for his books using a brief slide presentation. Here he discusses tools of the trade along with his work routines, education and influences.
  • Answering any questions the children have.
  • Patrick will create drawings on the spot from the kids’ suggestions!

Special activities such as classroom visits and autograph sessions can be arranged at your request.

Additional Information

To learn more about Patrick Girouard and his publications please visit www.pgirouard.com.