There’s Nothing Childish about Childrens’ Books
I always think designing books for kids is the toughest. Getting the look just right without being condescending is the trick.
I held a competition to find a new illustrator to work on the next installment of Barry Crump's poems about the Pungapeople. Donovan Bixley was a clear winner and produced the most beautiful images, going on to create the stunning Faithfully Mozart. Harry Hobnail and the Pungapeople was Highly Commended for Best Use of Illustration in the 2003 Spectrum Awards.
Yes, the bro'Town Annual was as much fun to do as you would imagine. Complete with fold-outs, stickers and colouring-in, and of course those peerless scripts, the bro'Town Annual went to three editions.
How did this get in here? What a great experience to write this book, with my 14 year old son Conrad doing all of the illustrations. It was great fun, very illuminating to be on the other side of the editorial process and the response from parents and kids who enjoyed the book was brilliant. It even snuck into the bestsellers list for a while.
Frank Newman created the concept, wrote the stories and publishes the books himself. Frank needed covers for two of the stories based in Normalsville, 'where things are never as normal as normal should be . . ."
Intended as an accessible guide to Anzac Day, aimed squarely at the school market and hopefully an informative, inspiring introduction to the subject.