Toronto writer Kai Cheng Thom is like the kale of CanLit – celebs are obsessed with her. Following Emma Watson’s endorsement of Thom’s YA novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir through her Our Shared Shelf book club, Julie Andrews has read the acclaimed writer’s picture book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea (Arsenal Pulp Press) as part of her audio storytelling podcast Julie’s Library.
In a Facebook post, Thom called the magic-infused picture book – illustrated by Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yun Ching – about a child who transcends binaries, “truly the best thing I have ever created as an artist.”
“Julie Andrews is a hero of mine, as she is for so many people,” Thom went on to say. “Her gorgeous singing, acting, and overall public presence have served to make this dark world brighter. I am truly overwhelmed and honored to hear my words in her legendary voice.”
Launched April 29, Julie’s Library features Andrews narrating a story with her daughter, children’s author Emma Walton Hamilton. The project was in the works before COVID-19, but was accelerated to assist “families confined to their homes and in need of creative content,” as Andrews writes on the website.