AUTHOR VISIT: Hayden McDonald draws acclaimed children’s author Michael Salmon.
AUTHOR VISIT: Hayden McDonald draws acclaimed children’s author Michael Salmon. Contributed

Famous author calls in to Proserpine State school

LAST Wednesday popular children's author and illustrator Michael Salmon visited the Proserpine State School.

Students from kindy to Year 6 went to his sessions.

He began by talking about his early school life living near Bondi Beach in Sydney.

When he left school he went to work in Canberra and being a very keen reader, he made regular visits to the local bookshop.

One day he noticed a new children's picture book in the shop window - it was Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

The monsters in the story appealed to him and he began drawing different monsters. This was the start of his career and he then thought he could add a story to his illustrations.

His first published book was about a monster called Alexander Bunyip who ate all the important buildings in Canberra around Lake Burley Griffin.

Mr Salmon then spoke about his more recent book, Bobo my Superdog.

The next part of the session the students really enjoyed.

Mr Salmon drew a boy, then a girl student in a cartoon style that made everyone laugh.

He then chose a prep student to come and draw him and finished the sessions by giving out some funny prizes.

Mr Salmon was very entertaining and the students thoroughly enjoyed his sessions at the school.


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