Nancy knows she’s forgotten something. Something important. When she tries to remember, she thinks of all kinds of other things instead. She remembers things she knows and things she doesn’t quite know. She remembers things one way, then another. Sometimes she remembers with her ears or her stomach or even her heart. But Nancy knows she’s still forgetting something. It’s only when Nancy stops thinking altogether that she finally remembers the very important thing she’s forgotten. Nancy Knows is the charming story of an elephant who remembers lots of things, except the very thing she is trying to remember. Each spread of this whimsical, arresting board book features fantastic miniature paper sculptures within expressive outlines of a puzzled pachyderm. It’s a book not to be forgotten.
Cybèle Young is an internationally renowned artist and author, who is best known for her intricate sculptures, and her unique contributions to children’s literature. She spends her days creating scenarios with paper using weapons of miniature destruction. She studied sculpture and printmaking at OCAD, and has since received over twenty-three grants and awards including the Canada Council Paris residency, and the Governor General’s award for illustration. Young has mounted over 20 solo exhibitions, 30 group shows, is showcased at many annual art fairs, and has published 9 children’s books to date.
“I love to share perceptions of daily life and the objects that inhabit it, the quirky and the unexpected - offering a perspective on the banal which makes it exceptional; putting a focus on the insignificant to give it centre stage. The simplest of our daily routines - a walk down the street - can be a goldmine of encounters, each object we meet speaking its own language, each begging to be heard. My work gives voice to these objects, lets us in on their secret lives, offering the viewer a unique space to experience the marvellous complexity of our relationship with the material world.”