Executive Reads: Chris Parsons

Chris Parsons is a graphic designer, illustrator and entrepreneur who discovered that owning his own business has allowed him to engage in a wide variety of projects, both personal and business-related. His personal philosophy is that whether it’s for a client or for himself, all his work begins with play. Chris is currently writing, illustrating and animating an interactive book titled Hector the Nectar Collector – “The Marsh Orchid Tale,” a quirky, fantastical, rambling narrative. Another one of his latest ventures is a revolutionary new sleep aid, The Nite Hood, a light-weight, super cozy, form-fitting evolution of the sleep mask, which has quickly become a sensation, earning praise from even Margaret Atwood herself.

The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast by Alan Aldridge
I was probably eight or nine when I first read this book. The images are still the most beautiful illustrations I’ve ever seen. Each page completely transfixed me with its detail and colour. There are hidden images, which you don’t notice right off, but once I discovered they were there, it made me look even more intensely. I think it taught me a lot about the different ways you can look at things. The text is really charming, too, however I really didn’t warm to it until I was an adult. 

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
I remain a huge fan of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but by far Jabberwocky is my favourite bit of text from Lewis Carroll. I never tire of hearing this joyous nonsense read aloud. To this day my mother can recite it word for word from memory, if given a well-timed Margarita (or two). She becomes highly animated and one day I plan to record it.

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
Joseph Boyden’s book is a beautiful and terrific story about home and away; two young native boys who go off to fight in WWI as snipers. This is a journey that will tear them to their soul and will lose themselves in the modern machine of war. A second narrative is of one boy’s aunt, who lives by bushcraft and the traditional ways. She is full of great wisdom and stories of spirits. It’s a uniquely “Canadian” story based on a real person, Pegahmagabow, an Ojibway from the Parry Island Band. He makes an epic journey brimming with intimate and rugged imagery. Of all of Joseph Boyden’s books, I like this one the most. 

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