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About Sheila McGraw
NEW RELEASE! Life's too short to concentrate on just one genre, and lately, McGraw has hopped from the kid-lit sandbox to the grown-ups' steamy hot tub with "The Knife Thrower's Wife" a mystery/domestic-suspense novel.
Sheila McGraw was born in Toronto and began her career as an illustrator and copywriter for retail fashion outlets and editorial publications. In 1986 she was approached by Firefly Books to illustrate "Love You Forever" written by Robert Munsch. As that book achieved success she wrote and/or illustrated several craft and children's books. McGraw's "Papier-Mache for Kids" was awarded the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award. Her artwork has been widely exhibited and represented by the Loch Galleries in Canada.
The best seller Love You Forever has been voted Most Iconic Book Cover in a readers' poll conducted by CBC. Thank you to everyone who voted for Love You Forever.
Sheila McGraw is painting and writing in Houston Texas. She is the mother of 3 grown sons.
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A young woman holds her newborn son
And looks at him lovingly.
"I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be."
So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in 1986, Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition (as well as hundreds of thousands of copies in Spanish and French).
“Beyond the silliness is a valuable message—while people might not always express their feelings out loud, the love is nevertheless there, all the time. This is a lovely, playful, fun book for readers of all ages.”
—The Children’s Book Review
“The author presents a relatable yet highly inventive situation, allowing readers the opportunity to think beyond the bounds of the story. A filling fantasy full of fine flavor.”
— Kirkus Reviews
In the sweet and boisterous story, Of Love and Pies, every I love you brings more pies, which soon begs the question—can there be too much love or too much pie? As pies accumulate, the children’s hands and faces are sticky, and their clothes have berry stains, while outdoors, the kids no longer get stuck in the mud, they get stuck in the pies.
With pies heaped to the moon, something’s got to give, and finally, an imaginative compromise brings the story to a happy and loving resolution.
Julia paints scenes from her dreams, and in analyzing them, realizes that what her friend, Trix, said is true, that ‘she doesn’t see what is right in front of her’. Soon, as Julia questions her lifestyle and state of mind, her observations light the wick on an explosive cache of suspicions and repressed secrets.
When an unexpected tragedy occurs, Julia becomes the focus of the media and police, and she must cast off her submissive persona, find inner strength, and navigate treacherous waters to her long-overdue awakening.
Review excerpts Foreword/Clarion: 4 stars 124 words
In Sheila McGraw’s energetic, polished mystery The Knife Thrower’s Wife, cracks begin to appear in a long marriage. Julia loves her husband, Austin, whose portrayal as a mean, even sinister, man is spot-on. The book is realistic in its depiction of a family picking up the pieces of a marital implosion.
In humorous fantasy scenes, Julia slips into daydreaming about how she would react more assertively to people if she had no personal and social constraints.
Visual lines show how Julia feels “tiny, hairy centipede feet of fear” and capture her house as “a domestic detention unit” in the eyes of a big city resident, and in conversations, characters’ South Texas mannerisms come out to entertaining effect.
—Foreword (Clarion Review)