Friday, 20 March 2009

Catherine Rayner: The Lesser Known Dragon Creator

To celebrate the launch of Catherine Rayner's beautiful new book, Sylvia and Bird, we invited her to come along to Scottish Book Trust HQ to talk to a few imaginative 5 year-olds. Here are Catherine's thoughts...

The most exciting thing for me about talking to children about my new book Sylvia and Bird (a story about a dragon and a bird!) is that you get to ask the audience about their own pet dragons (the audience was a highly imaginative bunch of 5 year olds). They have teacher eating dragons, dragons with long legs, some that blow purple smoke, pocket sized dragons and there was a dragon called Bernard who sleeps in ‘the living room and only eats soup’. Brilliant! They were a very inspiring bunch! It’s lovely to hear their imaginations whirring away!

After I read ‘Sylvia and bird’ to the children we created and I drew our very own dragon (just because one can!) we came up with a dragon that can be described as follows:
The lesser known Sharptoothedbigbelliedhugefootedlongclaweddangleyleggedredwingedscaley Dragon!

The children were brilliant – it was so lovely to see so many little smiles on a Monday morning!

If you would like to find out more about Catherine or her lovely artwork you can drop in on her website.
Thank you very much Catherine, we will have even more author blogs for you next week, so do keep checking in!

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