Next up in our Favourite Childhood Books Series, Compositor Jeff Young-Sterling is drawn to Jenny Greenteeth
Jenny Greenteeth is a modern interpretation of a classic character from English Folklore. In this version, Jenny is a water witch with slimy green teeth, who lives beside Lake Ontario. She’s misunderstood and ostracized by her community for her appearance, until a young boy teaches everyone a lesson about judging a book by its cover. By the end of the story, Jenny is a beloved swimming instructor for children.
The book was given to Jeff as a gift when he first began to read on his own. The first thing that stood out to him was the unique drawing style. The illustrations were black and white, scrawled in ink, and perfectly captured the ‘friendly but creepy’ style of the story. His favourite page was an overhead shot of a pool crammed with people. “I always liked Where’s Waldo type books; full of millions of things, where every character was doing something. This was probably the beginning of my illustrator brain forming.” Books meant the world to Jeff when he was growing up. As an only child, he thought of them as his ‘friends’ and would spend hours lost in the pages of his favourite stories. He recently become a new father and he’s excited to share his love of books with his son. “Books are a contained little world; a portal to their own universe. You can always go back, and be a part of that world again. That’s the part that I’m the most excited to share with my kids.” He’s also looking forward to reading Jenny Greenteeth to his children when the time is right. “It has such great illustrations and little silhouettes and drawings. The story itself is simple, but it was easy to understand. And the lesson at the end is a great simple lesson for kids.” #JennyGreenteeth #CanadianAuthors #Authors #DrSeussDay #WorldBookDay #ReadAcrossAmerica #ChildrensBooks #KidsBooks #ChildrensLiterature #Books #Reading #Read #Book #FavouriteBooks #Childhood #bookstagram #readingbooks #readingislife #lovereading #love #childrenreading #childhoodmemories #Folktale #Folktales