Book Week was great fun at Yolla District School. My workshops this year were Curious Creature puppets, including teaching texture and construction techniques, and encouraging students to come up with a story about their creature, telling their creatures name, features, habitat, friends, and hobbies.
The latest picture book that I have illustrated has just been released! An all Tasmanian production – Tasmanian author, illustrator and publisher. Please support Australian Publishing and buy Australian!
Christmas Eve at last! Reginald twitches his whiskers, straightens his Santa hat and creeps quietly out of his tiny mouse hole into the dimly lit lounge room. In the flickering Christmas lights he can see a beautifully decorated tree. In his excitement Reginald scampers up the tree to play among the baubles, bells and bows. This is just the start of his grand adventure. Christmas cake, an angel, Santa, toys – he discovers them all, and what a night it turns out to be.
This delightful book from Tasmanian writer, Patricia Pettett, illustrated by Narelda Joy is the perfect Christmas gift for children aged 2-5 years.
I was lucky enough to be invited to talk and workshop ideas with the Children’s Services students at Don College at Devonport. The students were making their own children’s books. I was impressed with their ideas and dedication to the task. The college itself has a fun and quirky award winning design, reminding me of a castle, and is beautifully situated close to the beach and surrounded by natural bush.
In November and December I had a wonderful time working with the staff and kids from Yolla District High School on a theme for the Sommerset Christmas Parade -it was decided to celebrate 50 years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I designed the parade layout, and made a giant caterpillar puppet with the kids. Kindergarten stamped the design on the fabric with stamps and blocks. Year 6 and Year 7 helped sew it together, and under the guidance of Mrs JLK painted beautiful caterpillar foods, and a giant butterfly.
I can now reveal that ‘Message In a Sock’ has been shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s History Award in the ‘Young People’s History Prize’! I am so excited! We get these lovely silver stickers on our books now too! Congratulations on all those shortlisted!
At the awards night State Library of NSW – courtesy of photographer Joy Lai.