The children’s book “Zoolidays” was published by Red Cygnet Press and was a 2007 Tassy Walden Award finalist.
I, as the illustrator of this book, will be delighted to present the book to children – telling the story of how animals painted each other to save their zoo.
I will act out the story of the book dressed up as the fantastic blue moose, one of the characters in “Zoolidays”. The moose shows the book in which he lives and how he ran away from the story. I warm up my audience showing some magic tricks, I dance and play games to everyone’s delight.
Furthermore, I will explain how a book is born: someone gets an idea, illustrators start sketching various pictures, they try and they try again. It takes many trials until the sketches begin to take shape followed by many trials of applying this coloration or that coloration using often many color combinations,and each time the illustrator gets closer and closer to what they originally had in mind.
In the show, I will teach the tricks of the illustration trade in a very hands-on way. I invite the audience (children or teenager or adults) to try their hand at creating an illustration. I first draw a line, then the audience draw that line, I draw a shape and everybody draws that shape. Line by line and shape by shape the members of the audience see pictures emerge on their very own sheets of white paper. Children will have an opportunity to draw three animals on their own while listening to my drawing instructions. It will be a magical time of learning step by step how to make animal images come to life. I will show my audience how much fun art can be.
During the time intervals between these art programs, I play games with and teach the kids to dance Merengue. Children leave my show having three drawings, which they produced themselves, as well as, some idea about illustration, new dancing steps, and the book of “Zoolidays” if they decide to acquire it after the show.
I will travel to any any country in the world! Looking forward to visiting you soon!