Anna Walker introduces Peggy
The Little Bookroom would like to introduce you all to our new favourite chicken: Peggy and of course her creator; Anna Walker. First, I must say I am absolutely besotted by Peggy. This chicken rekindles all my secret childhood dreams of growing up to become Barbara from The Good Life, but that's a story for another time. The Little Bookroom is delighted to be hosting the launch of "Peggy" on Saturday September 1st at 4pm.
Anna Walker's simple and impecable illustrations have a quiet joy that translates perfectly into this consummate model of chickenhood. Peggy likes to play outside every day, until one day a gust of wind sweeps her up on an adventure all the way to the city. The city just happens to be our very own Melbourne. Peggy sees all sorts of things she's never seen before and it's very exciting. Eventually, Peggy decides its time to go home, but that's easier said than done, when you are a small chicken in a big city.
You might know Anna's other books. She has written and illustrated a whole series about a little zebra called Ollie, who finds joy everywhere he looks. She has also created 'Froggy Green', 'Funny Face' and 'I Don't Believe in Dragons'.
As well as writing her own books, Anna has collaborated with a number of prominant Australian authors including Jane Godwin and Emma Quay. As well as the Friends For Keeps series with Emma Quay, Anna has also illustrated; 'The Miggy Tree' by Karl Yeomans; 'Santa's Aussie Holiday' by Maria Farrer, 'Little Cat and the Big Red Bus' written by Jane Godwin; 'All Through the Year' written by Jane Godwin; a follow up to 'All Through the Year' which is called 'Today We Have No Plans' by Jane Godwin is due out later this year.
We asked Anna a few questions and we were extremely pleased that she took time out of her very busy day to answer them:
LBR: I know you have said that you loved Beatrix Potter as a child especially Jemima Puddle Duck but, were there any Australian picture books that captured your imagination?
Here is a picture from one of the early drafts for Ollie that Anna was kind enough to share with us:
Anna's awards include:
Best Children's Series Design in the 57th Book Design Awards of Australia for 'I Love to Dance'.
'Little Cat and the Big Red Bus' written by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Anna Walker was chosen by CBCA judges as a Notable Early Childhood Book.
Crichton Award for 'Santa's Aussie Holiday'
And finally here are a few links that you might like to look at to find out more about Anna and Peggy.
Here is Anna's beautiful website:
Here is a youtube clip all about Anna Walker:
Here is Anna's trailer for Peggy:
If you would like to come along to Anna's event at The Little Bookroom, North Carlton on Saturday September 1st at 4pm, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org