Raven’s Revenge

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The front cover of Raven’s Revenge

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Backstory & Illustrations

Book 14 is very special to me as it is a true representation of creative collaboration. It was co-written and illustrated by Leslie Bell and me. It is set at the Filberg Lodge and Park, where two mischievous ravens, Caw and Squawk, have a plan to reshape their community while the park is closed for renovations. What will the humans find when they return?

Our process was smooth and efficient as we surrendered to each other’s strengths. Initially, Leslie and I brainstormed for three consecutive hours via Messenger. Following I wrote up a draft then sent it to Leslie who did edits and a few changes. More discussions ensued then I began cobbling the illustrations. This was challenging and I leaned on Leslie’s suggestions and direction. After completing 18 drawings I sent them to Leslie who then suggested doing another 5 scenes. Instead of complaining I surrendered to the process, and as such it went smother than expected. Leslie then took all the illustrations duplicated images  flipped images, colourized and few and filtered a number of the illustrations digitally, enhancing the overall images (Thank You Leslie!) We ended up completing the entire project in less than two months, a real achievement that reflected “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”.

I highly recommend that the adult reading this story have fun dramatically reading the parts of Caw and Squawk and encouraging your listeners to act out and or chime in with the various repetitions and rhymes.

Guide for Reading: PRC

Predictions, Reflections and Connections


Predicting is an essential tool when developing as a strong reader. This story has been written to hook the young audience in engaging in predictable events.

Ask the following questions:

Look at the cover and title. What do you think the ravens are angry about?

Do you predict the male raven, Caw, might be angrier than the female raven, Squawk?

Who will the Raven’s seek revenge against?

Do a picture walk through the book. What other animals are in the story?

Do you predict these animals will be cooperative?

Will there be some animals that might be uncooperative or fight with others?


Reflecting throughout a book makes the story extra personal and come alive. It reflects a reader’s level of comprehension. A more thoughtful and complex reflection and connection reveal a higher understanding of the story. They also help reinforce one’s memory sequence which forms the basis of a retelling with more detail and reference to nuance. A simple and literal retelling reflects a more simplistic understanding.

Use the following questions for points of discussion:

What happens in this story at the beginning, middle and end? Listen for and encourage your child to give as much detail.

Does this remind you of animals you may have seen in your backyard or at a farm or park?

Describe Caw’s personality.

Describe Squawk’s personality.

Do they remind you of people in your life? Which character do you prefer and why?

Is Squawk happy with Caw? Why do you feel this way?

Why is Caw grumpy?

What happens at each farm that is the same? What happens that is different?

What is the pattern in the increase in numbers of recruited animals starting at farm 1 and ending at farm 3?

Can you recite the rhyme that Caw calls out to attract the animals to follow him to the Filberg?

Do you remember any other repeating sections in this story?

What went wrong in the end?


Making connections facilitates a deeper understanding of a story through making inferences, noting details and relating them to prior information. It is seeing, linking, and articulating other topics and events to the story. The reader is applying this reading experience to other learned information. Often when making connections the reader will arrive at exciting new insights that extend beyond the literal story.

Use the following questions for points of discussion:

Did you know that ravens like shining objects? What is Squawk attracted to at the beginning of the story?

What kinds of sounds do ravens make?

What kind of sounds do chickens and rooters make?

Can you show how a chicken moves?

Can you show how a bunny moves?

Do ravens get along with eagles, chickens and bunnies?

Why do eagles live close to the ocean?

Do all chicken eggs hatch? What needs to happen?

How long does it take rabbits to reproduce off spring?

How long does it take for fertilized eggs to hatch?