About the Illustrator – Loraine Kemp
Born in Kelowna, Loraine Kemp started to draw as soon as she could hold a pencil. For as long as she can remember she has loved to draw animals and could hardly wait to start work on the illustrations for Lyn Hancock’s book about a raccoon. Before settling down to her easel, Loraine enjoys going for long walks – backwards; if hills are involved, so much the better. When Loraine isn’t involved with artistic projects she enjoys riding her horse, Winston Churchill, playing pool with her family, watching movies, and cross-country skiing. In order to research the characters who would appear in the Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon, Loraine approached Sandra Sellick, the principal of Ann McClymont school in Kelowna. Sellick’s likeness graces the first chapter! Over the course of two months, staff and students at the school posed patiently so Loraine could gather the information she needed to create her detailed illustrations. The result is a lovingly rendered portrait of an unforgettable raccoon and some of the people whose lives she touched.

Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon
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