One evening as I was doomscrolling social media, I was distracted by a post about a new children’s picture book about a little ghost who was a quilt. Doom banished momentarily from my mind, I was delighted to discover the book is by New Brunswick novelist and quilt-book author Riel Nason. Beautifully illustrated by Byron Eggenscwhiler, it’s a coming-of-young-age ghost story about discovering that it’s okay, even great, to be different.
The little ghost who was a quilt’s family were all bedsheets. They could fly super fast and do all kinds of impressive ghost feats. But as we all know, a quilt possesses neither the lithe shimmer nor nor the relatively ethereal drape of a bedsheet. A quilt is bulky and heavy in comparison, and the little ghost couldn’t fly fast at all. It was clumsy, and to add its feeling of being out of place, it was indeed a patchwork quilt, not even a solid-coloured one. One Halloween night, though, the little ghost is mistaken for a blanket, and a grand adventure shows it that being different can open up a world of wonderful experiences.
I chatted with the author by email about the delightful Halloween tale she wrote, and about how quilting and writing tangle in her creative practice.
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The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt
by Riel Nason
Illustrations by Byron Eggenscwhiler
Tundra Books, 2020