Write, draw, rehearse: American author and illustrator Kevin Sherry advises young audiences at SCRF 2021


(MENAFN – Dubai PR Network) Author delights audiences with her love for wild and wacky creatures at Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival

Sharjah, May 28, 2021: A bright blue ‘bear’ came out of the distant woods and made its way into Expo Center Sharjah, strumming a guitar, singing lively songs and making witty ‘bear’ jokes, to the great surprise of young visitors to the 12th Sharjah Children’s Reading. Festival (SCRF).

The spectacular entry of American author and illustrator Kevin Sherry to the “ The Author Meets the Children ” session at SCRF 2021, set the tone for his hour-long journey into the imaginative world of the characters of animals, real-life experiences, histrionic stories and the inspirational story of her first picture book, I’m The Biggest Thing In The Ocean, has come to life.

Describing his love of animals from an early age, Sherry said he was fond of comics as a child and was struck by Quentin Blake’s “cute and crazy drawings” in Roald’s stories. Dahl. “I wrote him a letter when I was in grade 3, and the response I received was instrumental in my life as a writer and illustrator,” he said.

When her gift for creating mystical and magical creatures caught the attention of a publisher, Sherry, a former silkscreen printer, set out to create her first book. The author showed young children his sketches and stories for subsequent books which were repeatedly refused by the publisher until after several attempts to redraw and rewrite the original idea took on a new lease of life. shape and form, and became the best-selling works. What helped him on this journey, he added, was the sketchbook he always carried “which is an important tool for any aspiring writer or artist to capture an idea when it comes to life. comes to mind ”.

“Never give up,” Sherry advised her young audience. “You may have to do it over and over again, but remember that your work just keeps getting better every time you repeat your efforts.”

The author added: “Everything I have written or drawn comes from books I read in a library somewhere when I was a child; these ideas and images vibrate in your brain and materialize in inspiring ways when you need them. “


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