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Emily and Anna's books thanks to Allen & Unwin.
In the 'Monty’s Island' series of books the illustrator Lucinda Gifford, has created unique characters, with the distinct personalities developed by Emily. Why did the writer choose not to identify in the text what type of curious creature they are directly to the reader?
How will you incorporate, into your teaching of writing, the creative process described by Emily with regard to developing a fully fleshed out character?
Anna describes a question posed by Andrew Denton in an interview; “What is an idea?” How does this question inform her creative process?
Anna discusses a moment in her trip to Vietnam with Kim Gamble, around traditional tales and dragons. How does Anna flip the traditional tale to create her story? How can you utilise this technique in your classroom teaching?
In exploring the CBCA Book Week theme, Curious Creatures Wild Minds, with your students, you could investigate the Shortlisted Picture Books in a similar manner. What would they discover?
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