64 Zoo Lane book launch at Beale Park- Saturday 20th July
A giraffe among the alpacas? Yes, on Saturday 20th July Georgina the Giraffe from 64 Zoo Lane will be visiting picturesque Beale Park near Pangbourne on the banks of the river Thames in Berkshire .
Come and meet the creator of 64 Zoo Lane -that’s me- and listen to 64 Zoo Lane stories at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm and 3:30 pm. Each reading will be followed by a drawing demonstration and craft activities. We’ll even be making a giraffe who’s incredibly tallllllllllllll. Readings and activities are included in the park admission fee. The Wallingford Bookshop will bring 64 Zoo Lane books to sell. I’ll bring my special signing pen and giraffe ears along for the occasion!
Beale Park makes a great day out for all the family with its animals, gardens, play and activities. For information including admission prices and directions visit www.bealepark.co.uk or email or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are lots of animals to discover. Here are some of my favourites:
Meerkat – a real one (you’ll also find yummy jelly meerkats at Beale Park)
Owl- I wonder who ruffled this chap’s feathers?
Capybara – sort of like a guinea pig but MUCH BIGGER
Beale Park has many quirky sculptures. I particularly like this buffalo one:
I hope to meet lots and lots of 64 Zoo Lane fans on July 20th. For regular updates follow Beale Park’s event organiser Nellie @PeacocksPompoms on Twitter. If you have a query please contact Nell Williams, email@example.com / Tel 07827 275973
And finally, I couldn’t resist drawing a rotund rodent for the occasion. So here she is: Carmen the Capybara, 64 Zoo Lane style. She’s rather charming, don’t you think?
The 64 Zoo Lane picture books are published by Hodder Children’s Books.
Win signed 64 Zoo Lane books – A Giraffy Art competition
The 64 Zoo Lane picture books are published this month. To celebrate, I am running a giraffy art competition. This is how to enter: Draw, paint or model a giraffe, then email a picture of your art to me with your first name, email address and age. I know 64 Zoo Lane has fans of all ages, so I’ve decided to open the competition up to anyone -young and old- in the UK. There is a prize for each age category and an overall Grand Prize.
*drum roll* Grand Prize
A set of six signed 64 Zoo Lane books – yep, 6 books signed and dedicated by the author/illustrator. I’ll even add a sketch of the characters.
Category prizes (0-5 , 6-12 , 13 and up)
A signed 64 Zoo Lane book of your choice
And best of all, all entries will be displayed in the world-renowned Giraffe Gallery.
1) Entry open to any UK resident. Age categories: 5 and under / 6 to 12 / 13 and up.
2) Closing date 4th August 2013
3) The winners will be announced on 2nd September 2013.
4) Any art technique is allowed: drawing, painting, collage, modelling, computer graphics etc. Entries must be your own work.
5) Email a picture of your art to me with your first name, contact email address and age.
6) Email addresses will be used only to contact the winners.
7) All entries will be displayed in the Giraffe Gallery using entrants’ first names as a caption. Entries may also be displayed on Twitter , Facebook and Pinterest
8) Grand Prize: set of six signed 64 Zoo Lane picture books , category prizes: one signed 64 Zoo Lane book of your choice for each category
64 Zoo Lane picture books – out now!
Hurray, it’s publication day!
Lucy lives at 64 Zoo Lane, right next door to the zoo. Every night she climbs out of her bedroom window, slides down the long long neck of Georgina the Giraffe and listens to one of the animals tell her a story…
The stories are based on episodes of the TV series. It’s hard to believe, but this year it has been 20 years since I came up with the concept for 64 Zoo Lane (see my previous blog post 64 Zoo Lane- A sort-of-anniversary).
Like all authors and illustrators, I’m often asked where I get inspiration from. As a child I grew up in a house full of animals. We kept dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, tortoises and even stick insects. So it’s no surprise that as an author I turned to animals for inspiration. I imagined what it would be like to live next door to a zoo … and started writing stories about giraffes, hippos, zebras, crocodiles, polar bears and kangaroos.
I thoroughly enjoyed writing and illustrating the books. Here’s a selection of oil pastel illustrations:
I will soon announce competitions and give details of events including one at Beale Park in Berkshire on Saturday 20th July and another in Harrow on Saturday 27th July. In the meantime check out these 64 Zoo Lane colouring pages.