This exciting session was held at the Many Story Treehouse exhibition at the Ipswich Community Gallery which is on until the 20th of September.
Ann from Books Illustrated and curator of this exhibition introduce the exhibition and Terry to the children.
Terry gave an insight into how the Treehouse books were created with Andy Griffiths starting with the first concept many years ago, the development of the characters, how to generate problems for the story and finally how a 30 page storyboard ended up as a 300+ page book.
The children looked at different types of storyboards created by Terry. It can take Terry anywhere from 40 minutes to 4 days to complete a drawing. But the most important thing is that the story works, because ‘If the story works, everything works.’
Everyone was able to draw on the Treehouse especially created for Ipswich by Terry and everyone designed their own crazy machines, with Terry hoping for a machine able to turn teachers into chocolate.
There were many questions from eager fans and the session ended with a massive book signing.
Ann Haddon was a teacher librarian in primary schools for 18 years – setting up the Junior School Library at Yarra Valley Grammar School before collaborating with Ann James to establish Book Illustrated in 1988.
She is actively involved in children’s literature, including the Children’s Book Council of Australia, for many years being an executive member and President of the Victorian branch and Vice President of the National CBCA Executive in 2007 & 2008.
Terry Denton wrote and illustrated Felix and Alexander. It was published in 1985 and won the CBC Picture Book of the Year in 1986. Since then he has written and/or illustrated more than 40 books. Terry Denton is a busy boy… you have to make an appointment to see him… even his kids don’t get to see him… (but that’s because they don’t want to)… his best work can be found in books such as… the Gasp! books and TV series, the Wombat and Fox books, Terry Denton’s Bumper Books (1, 2 and 3)…
and then there’s his work with Andy Griffiths ( http://www.andygriffiths.com.au ) The Just! books, The Cat on the Mat is Flat, The Bad Books and the new Treehouse books, 13, 26, 39, and the 52 (the 65 is coming in 2015)…
Terry is also a fine artist and has held several exhibitions around inner Melbourne.
Yvonne Mes, Author of Meet Sidney Nolan and Oliver’s Grumbles http://www.yvonnemes.com