I joined Bristol Illustrators (aka Brillustration) at The Affordable Art Fair last weekend. I ran a workshop on the Saturday with Sean Julian, teaching little kids and big kids how to draw characters including bears, dinosaurs, woolly mammoths and robots.
I'm really enjoying reading my book aloud to children and seeing their reactions to the mammoth and little lou. And chatting to them about what else Little Lou could find at the end of a woolly thread, and their own favourite cuddly toys.
Thank you to Hayesdown first for having me and to Hunting Raven for organising the event. It was brilliant! And I hope the children feel inspired to draw their own woolly creatures :)
"At the moment the bedtime routine with my daughter frequently seems to be spent in the company of a very cute squiggly mammoth! My daughter loves her latest book, Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth by Paula Bowles. I must admit to being just a little captivated too… "
"Lou rarely sits still, both the story and the illustrations have a sense of activity and moving about which readers might want to act out. Lou's expressions match a child's innocent curiosity as she follows the wool. I joined her in being scared of he mammoth, but not for long because something happens to make it utterly adorable and had me squeeing with delight. I want a woolly mammoth like it is at the end! And I'd like a book 2 which is sort of hinted at on the last page." And Read it Daddy
We won't spoil the twist in this yarn-entwined tale but it's rather lovely, in fact the whole book has that warm fuzzy cuddly feeling about it - a bit like a gigantic woolly mammoth in fact. Just never feed it dustballs otherwise you'll never get rid of it :) Charlotte's best bit: The mammoth first appears, and he's HUGE! Eek! A little bit daunting for a little girl
Daddy's Favourite bit: Warm, fuzzy, charming and funny - and celebrates a child's endless curiosity perfectly Thanks guys for the kind words, glad you're all enjoying Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth :)
Had a lovely time at my studio's open day at the weekend. I read my stories and did a craft session with the little ones, 'Make your own Mammoth'. They coloured and decorated their own woolly mammoths, I love them! I also took blank sheets of paper for them to make their own woolly creations....
This is a conceptual piece by an imaginative 4 year old, titled 'The Sea'.
I've made a woolly mammoth colouring sheet Free download, print and scribble/colour/decorate/stick wool and create your very own cuddly mammoth! Just click on the image above and print it from your computer. It will print on a 'landscape' A4 page. Would love to see your creations, so send me your photos and I'll add them to a gallery on my facebook page!