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Hold onto your hats! Jon Klassen, the author-illustrator of award-winning picture books I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, has a penchant for characters as simply drawn as they are expressive – from thieving fish to gossiping crabs, desperate bears to deceptive rabbits … and turtles that just want a little help with their rock-climbing.
So, what comes first: the story, the illustrations, or the eccentric woodland creatures? Join Jon as he shares his secret to weaving pictures around stories, explores what makes a great yarn ... and talks about why he loves hats. Featuring a live drawing workshop, and a chance to ask questions.
For ages five to eleven. BYO hat.
Presented in partnership with Sydney Writers Festival.
Jon Klassen grew up in Niagara Falls, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the Caldecott Award-winning author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat, as well as the illustrator of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; The Dark by Lemony Snicket; House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser; Cats' Night Out by Caroline Stutson and the first three books in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series.
Bernard Caleo is a comic book teacher, maker, and communicator. He was the editor and publisher of the romance comics anthology Tango, made the feature film Graphic Novels Melbourne with filmmaker Daniel Hayward and is part of the graphic novel publishing enterprise Twelve Panels Press.
Immersion in literacy is one of the most important factors in determining the outcome of a child’s future – and nurturing a love of books and reading is part of that. Also, kids plus books and writing equals fun. We’re delighted to be presenting a series of events for the younger readers in your life: Wheeler Kids. Roll up and enjoy!