Tag Archives: Debbie Ridpath Ohi

December 15

Humor Books – Why Readers Need Them More Than Ever, by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

When I was a young child, I remember my father coming into the room where we kids were playing, and telling us that our grandfather had just died. My reaction? I laughed. I cringe even now, thinking about that moment. I loved my grandfather, and my father was clearly grief-stricken when he told us. It […]

July 03

Diversity In Children’s Books, Transracial Adoptive Families and MITZI TULANE by Lauren McLaughlin and Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Introduction from Debbie:  It’s been wonderful to see more children’s books come out that embrace diversity in culture and lifestyle, especially those in which this diversity is accepted as an ordinary part of day-to-day life rather than an issue of discussion. This is one reason I was so delighted to be invited to illustrate Lauren […]

May 27


When I found out I was going to be illustrating Judy Blume books, I was immediately struck with both joy and terror. Reason for the joy is obvious … I mean… JUDY BLUME. Reason for the terror? Well … JUDY BLUME. I am longtime Judy Blume fangirl and felt the weight of immense responsibility at […]

In The End, It’s The Story That Matters by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Before reading further, I should tell you upfront that I illustrated a so-called “celebrity book.” The book is a new picture book from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers called I’M BORED, written by comedian, actor and author Michael Ian Black. I put the term “celebrity book” in quotes because the pairing strikes me […]

A Graphic Book Review of The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – Reviewed by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is a children’s book illustrator & writer in Toronto, Canada. Her illustrations will appear in I’M BORED, a new picture book written by Michael Ian Black, coming out from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers in Sept/2012. See the July 9th issue of Publisher’s Weekly for a starred review! For her […]