Jo Ellen Bogart and Maja Kastelic

Anthony and the Gargoyle

Jo Ellen Bogart is a US/Canadian writer now living in Ontario, Canada. Notably, she is the author of The White Cat and the Monk based on the Old Irish poem Pangur Bán. The book was illustrated by Sydney Smith.

Maja Kastelic is  a Slovenian illustrator.  She received a BA in painting from the University of Ljubljana’s Academy of Fine Arts and Design and studied philosophy and theory of visual culture at the University of Primorska.

Together they are the creative partnership behind the wordless picturebook, Anthony and the Gargoyle.

Jo Ellen and Maja joined Nikki Gamble In the Reading Corner, to talk about how the book came together across different continents, during a pandemic.

Jo Ellen’s Script
Maja’s Storyboard
Storyboard detail

About Anthony and the Gargoyle
A boy befriends a baby gargoyle in this magical wordless story from award-winning creators Jo Ellen Bogart and Maja Kastelic. Anthony wakes up one morning to find his favourite rock has cracked open – and it’s hollow! He discovers a strange-looking hatchling inside, and the two become fast friends. When Anthony asks his mother where the rock came from, she shows him photos from their trip to Paris, including of Notre-Dame cathedral, with its familiar-looking forms perched on top.

Could Anthony’s new friend be a gargoyle?

This magical wordless story is brought to life in stunning, silent, hand-painted panels, and is a touching tale of true friendship and letting go.

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