We have frequently looked at the work of illustrator/film-maker William Joyce (born 1957) in these pages. He is one of the most gifted creators in the field of children’s entertainment today; his books have won numerous awards, one of his animated films has won an Oscar, he created his own wonderland-cum-story-telling-factory Moonbot, and most important, he was won a place in the hearts of everyone who takes expertly crafted, intelligent family entertainment seriously. Joyce has shared his peculiar magic with the world, and now he wants something in return … your toys.
Recently, Joyce has been thinking about toys while preparing his upcoming book, Ollie’s Odyssey (soon to be reviewed in these pages). In particular, he has been thinking about Big Teddy, a huge stuffed bear owned by his late daughter, Mary Katherine, as well as his own bear who became lost when we has around six years old. What happened, he wondered, when beloved toys became separated from the people who loved them?
Right now, Joyce is collecting stories of beloved toys and their people on his Twitter account. Tweet him at @heybilljoyce with a photo or drawing of your most beloved toy. Every week, Joyce will pick one to illustrate and post, and then he will mail the drawing to you!
This is a wonderful opportunity to share an important part of our childhood with a man who has done so much for children’s literature, and who has brought a significant amount of wonder into the lives of children and adults. Make your day a little happier and check out Bill Joyce on Twitter.