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The White Mouse: The Story of Nancy Wake

Author Gouldthorpe,Peter

Illustrator Gouldthorpe,Peter

Item Code 8383093

Product Type Book

Format Hardback

ISBN 9781742990910

Publisher OMNIBUS BOOKS

$26.99
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The Gestapo called her the White Mouse
–and they wanted her, dead or alive.


Nancy Wake was an Australian who joined the French Resistance during WWII and became the most wanted woman in France.

Parachuting behind enemy lines, blowing up bridges and smuggling refugees across borders, Nancy fought fiercely against the enemy and became the most decorated Australian woman in any war.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Subject: Picture Books

Reading Level: Upper Primary, Lower Secondary

School Year: Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8

Ages: 10 to 14

Page Count: 40

Peter Gouldthorpe

Where were you born?

Mentone VIC

Where do you live now?

Hobart

Where did you go to school?

Avalon Public School and Pittwater High School Sydney

Did you have a nickname?
Goldy

What were you like in school?

Mostly a good boy who liked school but I imagine the teachers would have preferred me to talk less.

What was your favourite book growing up?
National Geographic magazines and Monty Python Papperbok.

Who is your favourite children’s author?

Rumer Godden,  Russel Hoban, Janet and Allen Arlberg, Bob Graham and then some.

What is your favourite movie?

Babel

Who inspired you to illustrate?
Always love Edward Ardizzone but you wouldn’t know it from my work!

How did you get started?
I started when I became the at home parent while my daughter slept and at night.

How old were you?

25

Why did you want to be an illustrator?
It was a natural progression from painting, which I still do and being home alone with my daughter made me realise how important books are.

How do you think up ideas?
I seem to solve problems and have my best ideas either whilst I am going to sleep or doing some routine chore when my brain is in neutral. I think we underrate intuitive thought enormously.

Do you have a special place where you illustrate?

I have always worked at home and for the last ten years I have a proper studio.

What is the best thing about being an illustrator?
It’s not the pay! I think it’s probably towards the end of making a picture that I like the best and being able to work with my dog Otto hanging around.

Have you had any funny or embarrassing moment as an illustrator?
I went to Canberra for my first ever Book Week and was 'made' to burst out of a cake. I didn’t get it and I don’t think the kids did either.

What do you do when you are not illustrating?
Paint and garden mostly but if I could I would snow ski every day of the year. I just love snow and mountains.

What would you have chosen to be if you were not an illustrator?
An architect or a landscape designer.

Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?
Sidney Parkinson, the artist on Cook’s voyages. It must have been mind blowing the things that they encountered.


Peter Gouldthorpe

Where were you born?

Mentone VIC

Where do you live now?

Hobart

Where did you go to school?

Avalon Public School and Pittwater High School Sydney

Did you have a nickname?
Goldy

What were you like in school?

Mostly a good boy who liked school but I imagine the teachers would have preferred me to talk less.

What was your favourite book growing up?
National Geographic magazines and Monty Python Papperbok.

Who is your favourite children’s author?

Rumer Godden,  Russel Hoban, Janet and Allen Arlberg, Bob Graham and then some.

What is your favourite movie?

Babel

Who inspired you to illustrate?
Always love Edward Ardizzone but you wouldn’t know it from my work!

How did you get started?
I started when I became the at home parent while my daughter slept and at night.

How old were you?

25

Why did you want to be an illustrator?
It was a natural progression from painting, which I still do and being home alone with my daughter made me realise how important books are.

How do you think up ideas?
I seem to solve problems and have my best ideas either whilst I am going to sleep or doing some routine chore when my brain is in neutral. I think we underrate intuitive thought enormously.

Do you have a special place where you illustrate?

I have always worked at home and for the last ten years I have a proper studio.

What is the best thing about being an illustrator?
It’s not the pay! I think it’s probably towards the end of making a picture that I like the best and being able to work with my dog Otto hanging around.

Have you had any funny or embarrassing moment as an illustrator?
I went to Canberra for my first ever Book Week and was 'made' to burst out of a cake. I didn’t get it and I don’t think the kids did either.

What do you do when you are not illustrating?
Paint and garden mostly but if I could I would snow ski every day of the year. I just love snow and mountains.

What would you have chosen to be if you were not an illustrator?
An architect or a landscape designer.

Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?
Sidney Parkinson, the artist on Cook’s voyages. It must have been mind blowing the things that they encountered.


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