The highlight of last week was Friday – a day we’ve dubbed “Kevin Sylvester Fan Day” at the Book Bank. A grade 6 class from a nearby school was lucky enough to share an hour with a Toronto writing gem, Kevin Sylvester, as he enlightened, encouraged and entertained them with stories from his time as a CBC Radio sportscaster and as the writer/artist of the Neil Flambé series.
Rather than just reading excerpts from his books, Kevin helped the students examine and understand the character weakness of Neil Flambé, and other major athletes. He emphasized that one-dimensional people (those with a singular purpose in life – for Neil, it would be cooking) are rarely happy or as successful as they could be had they lived their lives with multiple interests and passions. The message was supported by hilarious examples: a baseball pitcher who ironed his shirt while wearing it; a snowboard-cross champion who fell victim to the tortoise-and-the-hare fable.
The last piece of the visit was an art lesson by Kevin that helped even struggling artists find a footing: start with a circle, and the limits to what you can draw are unlimited! Every student left with an autograph and personalized doodle by Kevin, in addition to a book of their choice from the Book Bank.
Thanks so much to Kevin for making this memorable day possible! We’re looking forward to the next book in the series in 2012!
Here’s a doodle that Kevin made for the Book Bank!