Children at Tanunda Lutheran School have delighted in two days of sessions with children’s book illustrator and author Mandy Foot in the school’s Resource Centre for Book Week 2017. Mandy did hands on workshops with every class, reading her illustrated books ‘Below Deck on the Sunken Wreck’, ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’ and ‘Bums and Tums’.
In addition to her books, Mandy shared her own story of how she first began illustrating and how the illustration process works from initial concepts and drafts to the final published books. Mandy particularly relishes in illustrating Australian animals and for the past 15 years has drawn a wide variety of Australian fauna for the Adelaide Zoo Education Service.
Time spent with Mandy was not only educational, but lively and interactive with the children’s drawings bringing to life and characterizing a Pelican from her book and her dog ‘Cody’. TLS children relished in the opportunity to hear the acclaimed illustrator’s stories, see demonstrations of her illustrations and try out her creative process on paper for themselves.