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Who Is Boo: The Terrific Tales of One Trickster Rabbit


An original children's book series written by Bridget Ryan and illustrated by Jason Carter

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Who Is Boo: The Terrific Tales of One Trickster Rabbit


An original children's book series written by Bridget Ryan and illustrated by Jason Carter

Boo Meets Bear

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Who Is Boo: The Terrific Tales of One Trickster Rabbit, is a new Canadian 66-page illustrated children’s book written by Bridget Ryan and illustrated by acclaimed artist, Jason Carter that chronicles a perpetually curious rabbit who is in a continual race around the world with his and along the way, meets many animals. The title character is inspired by Nanabozho, a trickster figure in Ojibwe mythology, but the story itself is inspired from the trickster characters prevalent in all ethnicities. The first of a series of adventure stories about this fleet-footed rabbit, ‘Boo’ is about curiosity that leads to wonderment that leads to helpfulness! In a world that runs the risk of become more disconnected (even though there is an abundance of social networking), it’s about stopping, connecting, and helping those we meet on our way.

Boo and Wolf

"They both stood there, waiting for the moon to respond."

Rabbits are everywhere!

"Some of them are tricksters and some of them are not. But one thing is for certain, there is no rabbit like B00!"

Boo and his brother are in a constant race around the world!

"They are in a constant race, because frankly, they forgot where they put the finish line!"
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The Story Behind The Book


How did Who Is Boo come to be?

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The Story Behind The Book


How did Who Is Boo come to be?

An excerpt from an interview with the Edmonton Examiner's Brian Swane about the creation of WHO IS BOO?:

The story of Who Is Boo? The Terrific Tales of one Trickster Rabbit is probably as good as the actual tale told within the pages of the children's book.

Heck, it might even better (although the book is pretty great!).

At the end of 2010, Who is Boo? existed only in the recesses of illustrator Jason Carter and author Bridget Ryan's brains.

Four months later, it's a 60-page book and exhibition at the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) featuring 21 of the pages brought to life on canvas.

How in the world does this happen?

"I'm blown away. It's completely awesome to me," says Ryan.

The self-published Who is Boo? chronicles a perpetually curious rabbit who races around the world meeting and helping other animals. Nanabozho, a trickster figure in Ojibwe mythology, inspires the title character.

"The story itself based on trickster characters, which are prevalent in all ethnicities," says Carter, an Edmonton native who is a member of Little Red River Cree Nation.

Who is Boo? has been - to use a film industry term - "in development" for quite some time.

Carter, a renowned visual artist whose work was displayed at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and Ryan, an actor, singer, playwright and director, work together at City TV Edmonton, where the former is a cameraman and the latter a personality. 

In 2007, Carter created animal carvings for an art show, while Ryan wrote descriptions to accompany the pieces, explaining how the bisons, bears, and other carved creatures interacted with a trickster character that would become Boo.

"Everybody (who) went to the show was, like, 'This has to be a kids book,' " says Ryan.

The duo continued to expand the animals' stories, fleshing out their characters, and batted around the book idea for a couple years.

Then 2010 turned to 2011.

"On New Year's Day, I woke up at like p.m. and thought, 'This is it, I'm going to start the year off right and throw all the stories together,' " recalls Ryan. Within hours, she had the page-by-page outline of Who is Boo?

"I think Bridget had an epiphany," says Carter.

"She came over to my house in the afternoon and was like, 'Here you go.' "

Carter began working tirelessly to illustrate the book. He also created the paintings displayed in the exhibition, which also includes three of his animal carvings.

Earlier this month, the book was released and the exhibition opened. Carter and Ryan marked the occasion by reading to a group of children at the RAM.

"There are a lot of people who say, his (work) is based on a First Nations folktale, I'm totally an Irish-Canadian humorist, and the two of us - he's helping me tell my story, I'm helping him tell his story," says Ryan. "I really want kids to see - whether they look alike or talk differently - it doesn't mater.

"Everybody can help each other tell stories and each has an ability that will empower the other, and that's the really beautiful message we wanted to get across to kids."

It's a message that will only spread further as Boo continues his adventures.

"I've always wanted to write a kids' book, and I think if you were to ask Jason Carter five years ago, 'Hey, can you write a kids book?' He'd be like, 'Uh, I can't see that in my future,' " says Ryan.

"Now it's just like, 'Well, of course, we're going to write 10 more."

Since then, Who is Boo 2: The Continuing Adventures of One Trickster Rabbit has been released and Who is Boo 3: Peek and Boo is expected Summer 2015.

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Who is Boo has been the inspiration for many SUPER COOL EVENTS! Currently in the works to be a musical as well, the Art Gallery of Alberta's BMO World of Creativity for kids currently houses the WORLD OF BOO; a story book that you can step into!! YES! SUPER COOL!

VIEW THE WORLD OF BOO!

 

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The TEAM


Artist Jason Carter and Author Bridget Ryan

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The TEAM


Artist Jason Carter and Author Bridget Ryan

JASON CARTER

SCULPTOR, PAINTIER, ILLUSTRATOR

Jason Carter is an acclaimed soapstone sculptor, painter, illustrator and installation artist. His passion for creation is ridiculous, exciting and totally inspirational! To find out more about Jason, click here!

BRIDGET RYAN

AUTHOR, Creative Director

Bridget Ryan is an author, actor, singer, playwright, director, television host and keynote speaker, who often speaks on living life to the absolute fullest! Boo is one of the greatest things to happen to her....to find out more about Bridget....click here! 

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WORLD OF BOO at the AGA


World of Boo is an installation created by Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan, inspired by the book series Who is Boo

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WORLD OF BOO at the AGA


World of Boo is an installation created by Jason Carter and Bridget Ryan, inspired by the book series Who is Boo

This exhibition invites families to investigate storytelling while exploring connections to art-making and improvisational play. Engage in hands-on activities, experiment with ideas and create meaning through a variety of experiences in this exhibition dedicated to stories. To see this installation (which took 2 months to create and a week to install, but time lapsed in under a minute!)  - click on the below link...

WORLD OF BOO INSTALLATION