A Nanaimo man has been nominated for a provincial award that celebrates the creative work of children’s authors and illustrators living in British Columbia
Although the book was published in September 2021, international sales just came out in March and invigorated his work.
city day, which ran for about a year, tells the story of forest animals that follow humans back to town after a summer of camping. The animals have an adventurous day running around mimicking human customs. Ultimately, they teach an important lesson about respecting nature.
The plot concept, Brucker said, came to mind as people watched.
“I was sitting in a cafe one day, watching everyone in a big frenzy come up to the counter, and I thought it would be funny if a horde of animals came out of nowhere and started doing the same thing” , did he declare. .
The seeds of the story were also planted gradually when Brucker heard of urban wildlife encounters, such as an elk with a full set of antlers wandering into a Banff store and getting stuck inside.
Although city day is the product of Brucker’s illustrative and storytelling talents, drawing remains his passion.
“I studied animation in school, so the drawing part is what I like. The writing part was also really fun,” he said. “Writing is kind of a challenge for me. I’m not a traditional writer. I write a lot of stuff, but it’s not really my forte.
Writing, however, is nothing new to him, nor is his dedication to storytelling.
In 2002, Brucker painted, printed and bound, all by hand at home, around 100 copies of his first book, Twenty-five guests and a frog named Farley. In 2015, through an independent online self-publishing service, he was able to edit and sell the book online, where it can now be purchased through www.amazon.ca.
Brucker’s illustrations can also be seen in The Hickory Problem written by Marilyn Helmer, and ice trip written by Glen Downey.
Although Brucker has stated that he enjoys working on children’s books, he is currently developing an unnamed graphic novel; whose first illustrations can be found on Instagram under his nickname ‘where the wild things are‘.
Since the 2021 winners of the Chocolate Lily Book Awards were announced in May, Brucker said he’ll likely learn his final stance for city day in the spring of 2023.
In the meantime, copies can be purchased online at www.amazon.ca.