Our Interesting Illustrator

On the 21st of August in the morning Wendy Straw came to visit the Grade 1 children. She came to talk to us about how she illustrates her books. We will be illustrating our own books later this term.

Wendy started her talk by reading us Saffy’s Big Adventure. This book was very special to her because she had written and illustrated this story. Saffy was a brave, little duck that left the farm in a truck and went into town.

Next Wendy showed us how she begins her drawings. They started off as small sketches. She does her sketches in greylead first before using chalk pastels for the colour. Wendy uses her fingers to blend the colours together.

Wendy had framed pictures that she had drawn that were then used in her books. The pictures were in frames because otherwise they can end up smudged. The pictures go to an editor, a publisher and finally a printing press.

Before we went back to our tables to draw a duck, Wendy showed us lots of different duck pictures and she also showed us the special paper that she uses. When we were drawing some of us got to have a go at using Wendy’s chalk pastels and her special paper.

We learnt so many good tips about how to be a great illustrator and we were so glad to have Wendy visit us.


What did you learn from Wendy’s talk?

Would you like to be an illustrator? Why/Why not?

Pyjama Day at School

This week it is Book Week so we had a pyjama day. We had to be dressed in our pj’s , mine had Aerial on them. First Miss Hunichen spoke about the activities. I liked the sound of making a book mark. We went to Mrs Morris’ room first. We read to each other. Amelia read first, then Anneleise. After that Chelsea read and then I did. Next we went into Mrs Dawson’s room and made book marks. I chose a Little Red Riding Hood one with a dwarf at the bottom. Then we went to Miss Hunichen’s grade. We had to decide which book we thought would win the Book of the Year. The winner turned out to be ‘The Runaway Hug’. Finally we got changed. The boys got dressed in the middle room and the girls got dressed in the store room. Then it was snack time.

By Grace J

I came to school in my pj’s. First Mrs Morris read a story. Then we read our own book to a partner. After that we went to get a chocolate milkshake and a teddy bear biscuit from Mrs Morris. Miss Hunichen read three books, they were called ‘The Runaway Hug’, ‘That’s not a Daffodil!’ and ‘No Bears’. Last of all we went to Mrs Dawson’s room and made a bookmark.
By Jarrod

What was your favourite part of Ribit and why?

Which book did you want to win the Book of the Year and why?