Dave Stevens
Author/ Illustrator

About David.

Dave is a retired secondary art teacher and a practicing artist who has presented at both the BC Art Teachers Association and the Primary and Intermediate Teachers Association conferences. In 2000 he received the British Columbia Art Teacher of the Year Award at the Graduation Level from the BC Art Teachers Association.

Dave spent thirty years teaching art in the public school system to secondary students but finished in 2012.

 When his five kids were young he would make up characters and stories, some of them based on sea creatures off the West Coast of British Columbia. Now he is doing it for a larger audience.

Dave was born in Campbell River on Vancouver Island but moved to Ontario as a baby. After that his family took him to Rome, Italy before coming back to Canada. He spent five years in Nova Scotia where he was a competitive swimmer. Then he played basketball in Winnipeg and added rugby in Vancouver. Since turning nineteen he has lived and worked in the lower mainland playing and coaching basketball and rugby as well as producing his art work. Over the last number of years he has had a studio in a converted garage just steps from his door.

What Are "Weirdly Wonderful A-Z" and "Amazing Airborne A-Z" about:

What do young people imagine when they hear about creatures for the first time?

* If they have never seen an elephant seal they might picture the head of an elephant on the body of a seal.

* If they have never seen an oven bird they might picture a bird baking cookies.

* If they have never seen a lump fish they might imagine a very lumpy looking fish.

These plus many other imaginative creations fill the pages of these books so you will meet some wacky creatures, with a twist, from the West Coast of Canada.

"Just so you don't get stuck too deep in the weird and wonderful, after you laugh, you'll learn the scientific names and see what each creature looks like."