GET ME ANOTHER ONE by Robert Munsch

Happy 2018 everyone! 2017 ended with us, here in Alberta, in a deep freeze over the holidays. Now that we’re finally thawing out, I’m excited to see what this year has in store. This post, I’m looking back at one of my most memorable moments in publishing as it gets a little time in the spotlight for a second time with a release this past week!

A number of years ago, I was asked to illustrated a book by Robert Munsch. Yes, THAT, Robert Munsch. The same one who I grew up reading, and being inspired by. The same one who I would have would have never guessed I would have had an opportunity to illustrate for – except in dreams. So when that email came in from Scholastic Canada, asking if I wanted to illustrate a book by Robert Munsch, it took me a bit to fully believe it was real. I even googled that there wasn’t some other Robert Munsch with slightly different spelling. GET ME ANOTHER ONE, is actually a re-illustration job, with the original that was first published back in 1992. Scholastic was looking to update that book and re-release it in a new format.

Needless to say, I responded with a “YES” and the process of illustrating, GET ME ANOTHER ONE started. I was even sent some photos of the family that actually inspired the story so I could do a likeness of them in my illustrations.

I’ve illustrated for a number of different talented authors, and what I love about the process as an author myself, is the opportunity to learn from these authors. Each manuscript that I illustrate has opened my eyes to different techniques and voices that people use. What I appreciate about Robert Munsch’s stories is how fun they are to read out loud. I had his books read to me as a child, I’ve read them to my own children, and found it extremely surreal to be reading at a manuscript of his without any pictures at all – and of course it still worked amazingly. He really is a story teller at heart.

This re-illustrated version of GET ME ANOTHER ONE was initially released in 2014 as a Scholastic Clubs and Fairs exclusive, so the book wasn’t available to the public. This past week, on December 26th, it was released in a larger hard and soft cover version (also in French) that is available in book stores. I don’t know if this will ever fully sink in, how fortunate I was to work on a book by Robert Munsch, one of my picture book heroes, but like every book I have the opportunity to work on, it’s a privilege and experience I don’t want to ever forget as I move forward.

Wishing everyone much joy in 2018!


Extra Bonus: (photo on the back proves it really happened, right?)



Mike Boldt

Mike Boldt

Mike Boldt is an author and illustrator from Alberta, Canada. With more than 15 books in the wild, he's authored titles such as 123 VERSUS ABC and COLORS VERSUS SHAPES (HarperCollins), and his latest, A TIGER TAIL (Simon and Schuster). He's also the illustrator of Dev Petty's I DON'T WANT TO BE A FROG & I DON'T WANT TO BE BIG & THERE'S NOTHING TO DO (Doubleday). You can learn more about Mike at


  1. Two talented creators! Thanks for this post, Mike. I can’t wait to check out the book 🙂

  2. Oh, my gosh, Mike. I can imagine your disbelief when you were asked to illustrate for Robert Munsch! Looks like a FUN one.

  3. Robert Munsch is a family favorite and we still quote lines from his books even though Daughters are now 18, 20, and 22! How exciting to illustrate his words. Congrats, Mike.

  4. This is great! And remember it is all relative. Some of us will be awestruck that our books will be illustrated by Mike Boldt, yes THAT Mike Boldt!

  5. Enjoyed your illustrations, as always!

  6. Great illustrations! I love that you googled to see if there was another Robert Munsch.:)

    • I really did, Mary! I also checked the email address to make sure my friends weren’t pranking me – then just sat there for about 10 minutes doing nothing but smiling haha. Still makes me smile thinking about it.

  7. Kim Pfennigwerth

    I am a HUGE fan of Robert Munsch books – his over-the-top humor has always been a favorite. His storytelling is packed with fun. Congratulations on illustrating this Mike, your art is perfect for this story! And I completely agree with Cathy Ballou Mealey – we will be awestruck to have the good fortune of your illustrations in any of our stories, too. Yes, THAT Mike Boldt!

  8. Congratulations, Mike! Your illustrations are perfect for this fun story. Wishing you all the best.

  9. Beautiful Mike!!!! Congratulations! I love Cathy Ballou Mealey’s comment and I agree!

  10. This preview really did make me Laugh Out Loud! I love he exaggerated humor.

  11. Congrats, Mike!! I am partial to A Tiger Tail since my daughter is also named Anya :).


  12. Great job, Mike! How exciting to work with an author that inspired you when you were a kid!

  13. How cool is that? Congratulations! Looks great!

  14. Way cool! Congrats!

  15. How fun is this! I love that you got this fantastic opportunity (and it looks wonderful).

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