The cranky ballerina


Here’s my latest book!  Ada hates everything about ballet class, yet she still has to go! Arabesques? Grotesque! And then one Saturday, Ada pliés right out the door and into the hallway, smacking into someone who thinks her ungraceful moves are great

Based on a true story (OK, MINE), Ada will demonstrate that being angry is OK, that being bad at something doesn’t mean you’re bad at everything, and that you have to experiment to find your way. Hope you’ll like it!

The toad is in stores now!

The Toad, latest addition to my Disgusting Critters series, is in stores now! Long live The Toad. You can buy it here or at your favorite local bookstore.
Teachers: find a fun activity book on The Toad here!




Excellent review from The Quill and Quire

I am delighted with this review from my latest book, The Cranky Ballerina, from The quill and Quire. They compare me to Kate Beaton, Jon Klassen and Melanie Watt!! I think I’m going to explode with pride. 


The Cranky Ballerina introduces readers to Ada, who, as the title suggests, is a reluctant dancer. Ada’s not usually in a bad mood, except on Saturdays, when she has to go to ballet class.

Ada hates ballet. She hates everything about it, from the way-too-tight leotard and the way-too-itchy tutu to the pliés, jetés, and arabesques (“arabesques are grotesque”). When she tries to pirouette, she spins out of control. In the words of her tiny monster companion, ballet’s just “not her thing.”

Happily, Ada discovers that although her moves aren’t ideal for ballet, they’re perfect for karate. She joins a karate class, and suddenly Saturday mornings are fun again.

The latest picture book from Montreal author-illustrator Elise Gravel includes everything fans of her work have come to expect – fun, expressive illustrations; witty text; and a unique but relatable perspective.

The story finds a creative way to teach young readers a valuable life lesson: they don’t have to be good at everything they try. By following Ada’s story, they’ll also learn that sometimes failing at one thing just means they might end up being exceptionally good at something they haven’t tried yet.

The book also looks at the ideas of community and kindness. While Ada’s ballet teacher tries hard to encourage her, her fellow students aren’t as kind. But when she joins the karate class, Ada finds a place where she really fits in, and people who support her and cheer her on.

Parents and teachers will have no problem finding funny details in the illustrations, and the speech bubbles will make it easy to get creative when reading aloud. Fans of Kate Beaton’s The Princess and the Pony, Jon Klassen’s This Is Not My Hat, and Mélanie Watt’s Scaredy Squirrel series will love this one.


Reviewer: Sarah Sawler

Publisher:Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins


Price: $21.99

Page Count: 32 pp

Format: Cloth

ISBN: 978-0-06235-124-1

Released: Aug.

Issue Date: July 2016

Categories:Picture Books

Age Range: 4-8





Categories:Picture Books

Age Range: 4-8




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I want a monster!


My new book is in stores today! Meet Winnie, who’ll soon learn how much trouble baby monsters can be. It’s a good thing they’re so cute, right?


This is my first book with Katherine Tegen / HarperCollins. You can buy it in most bookstores.



I felt like trying something different, so I painted this imaginary street from an imaginary era in Montreal. This was painted in Photoshop, but I tried to use tools that mimick natural gouache and marker brushes. Did it work?

New prints for you!


Here are two now prints in my Sur ton mur collection! You can buy them here, along with a bunch of other new illustrations.