By Trevor Busch LETHBRIDGE HERALD on October 30, 2021.
Local author and illustrator Constance Douglas will perform a special reading from one of her children’s books during a Family Halloween event at Analog Books on Sunday.
“They aren’t usually open on Sundays, but they’re going to have a special Halloween event,” Douglas said. “There will be costumes, prizes and goodies. “
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at 322 6 Street South in Analog. Masks and proof of vaccination will be required to attend.
At 2 pm, Douglas will read from his latest book, “The Amazing Adventures of Angie Quinn with Shnoogy and Krudy,” which was released this spring.
“I’m going to come in full costume and I will probably have puppets with me at this event,” said Douglas. “Shnoogy and Krudy are an unusual new way to introduce children to the world of their feelings. Shnoogy is their positive and Krudy is their negative, so that children can see them, engage with them, and open the lines of communication for children. What I think is really important right now, especially in these stressful times, so that children can communicate what they are feeling and have a tool to be able to do so.
Douglas is known as “The Shnoogy Lady” among young readers.
“It’s just a really fun and light-hearted story, but throughout the story, Shnoogy and Krudy play a role in sharing the choices and voices the characters have throughout their adventure. It’s going to be fun, because it’s going to be colorful, it’s going to be read with voices, there will be puppets there for them to identify and see. This will open the door for children to even start communicating with their mom and dad about a “Shnoogy” and a “Krudy”. Having the ability to choose and find out that they’re not alone, that we have these feelings, and just open a window for them to start engaging and maybe communicating what they’re feeling.
Pandemic restrictions have remained a stumbling block in getting the book’s message to the public, and Douglas hopes Sunday’s event will bring additional visibility.
“The chief counselors for the Lethbridge school district asked me, invited me, over the past two years, to make it a pilot race to introduce children to their emotions from an early age, from kindergarten. . Every time I walked through the door – kids love it, I’ve been to schools – COVID has kicked me out. I’m struggling to find a way to bring that to the families and to bring that to the kids, in what I hope is a way of dealing with what they’re facing.