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Characters - The Quality of Being Different

Home of South Australian Illustrator, Mandy Foot. Capturing the character of the subject is what I enjoy most, whether it be a realistic pet portrait or stampeding farm animals in a children's book - it's all about the character!

New Release! 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'

'Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night'.

'Night has come. The stars are out! Join an endearing little pygmy possum

and together discover the magic of the Australian outback! Mandy Foot's

striking illustrations bring this classic lullaby to life! Originally taken from a

poem written by the 19th century poet Jane Taylor, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

is a familiar and much loved song that Mandy Foot has made truly Australian.

Young children will adore her delightful and cheeky Australian animals, which

come to life in a rich Australian landscape. Perhaps they will even try to sing

along, as the little pygmy possum finds his way home by the twinkling star!'
- The Little Big Book Club, Featured Stories Program.

Thank you to The Little Big Book Club here in Adelaide for including it in their Featured Stories Program for April 2016 and for creating this fabulous speed video of me painting the little pygmy possum on the star. If you would like to see how he came to life you can watch it here.

When I was first presented with the text for this story, I had no idea there was so much more to the original verse. To be able to put my illustrations to such a classic, well known nursery rhyme has been such a joy.

Now officially released. Published by Hachette Australia and available in all good book stores and online! Visit the 'Children's Books' section of my Illustration gallery for a peak at some of the artwork.
Happy reading!

..and I still want to pass this on... here is a beautifully produced marketing video Hachette Australia have produced - 'With New Books Come New Feelings'    Keep your eye out for Captain Kangaroo!

Enjoy! - Mandy

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