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CAT WANTS CUSTARD

Author: Crumble,P

Illustrator: Gifford,Lucinda

Item Code: 8412093

Product Type: Book

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781760155780

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC AUSTRALIA

$16.99
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Meet Kevin, the opinionated feline who is full of cat-titude.

Kevin has a craving. He wants custard, and he wants it NOW! Follow the hilarious antics of a cat trying to get its human companion to give him what he wants, including using his own body to spell the word CUSTARD! Will he succeed? A brilliantly funny picture book treat.

Genre: Humorous Stories

Subject: Picture Books, Pets

Reading Level: Foundation, Lower Primary

School Year: Foundation, Year 1, Year 2

Lexile Level:: 480L

Ages: 4 to 7

Page Count: 32

Paul Dumble/P. Crumble

 

Where were you born? Where do you live now? Born: Yallourn in Victoria (it no longer exists!) Resides: Sydney

 

Where did you go to school? Howlong Public School and Albury High School.

 

Did you have a nickname? No.

 

What were you like in school? Always the student who was at the bottom of the top class!

 

What is the naughtiest thing you did? I was a very good boy.

 

What was your favourite book growing up? Hardy Boys adventures.

 

Who is your favourite children’s author? Jon Klassen.

 

What is your favourite food/colour/movie? Custard Purple The Goonies

 

Who inspired you to write? Not exactly sure.

 

How did you get started? Was writing promotional copy for job roles and decided to try something more creative.

 

How old were you? 35.

 

Why did you want to be a writer? It’s creative and challenging.

 

How do you think up ideas? When I am walking. Or when singing badly off-key in the shower.

 

Do you have a special place where you write? Anywhere with a cat on my lap.

 

What is the best thing about being a writer? Never knowing when inspiration will strike.

 

Have you had any funny or embarrassing moment as a writer? Not so far!

 

What do you do when you are not writing? I bake pretty darn good muffins.

 

What would you have chosen to be if you were not a writer? A trapeze artist. But not up too high.

 

Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to? Probably Michael Jackson as I reckon he would have some great stories to tell.

Lucinda Gifford

Where were you born? Where do you live now?

I was born in Yeoville, Somerset, England but brought up in the north of Scotland. I now live in Melbourne.

Where did you go to school
Banff, in the north east of Scotland — north of Aberdeen.

Did you have a nickname?
‘Kratatoa’ was used in early primary school. I had an explosive temper at the time, apparently.

What were you like in school?

I wasn’t very successful socially at primary school, and preferred to stay out of the action and read at my desk. I had some nice teachers who pretended not to notice this… High school was a much more social time and, hence, a bit of a blur.

What is the naughtiest thing you did?

Regularly sneaking out of school and going straight back to my parents’ empty house with my friend Susan, to eat garlic bread while watching horror movies. My mum must have wondered why the house smelled so.

What was your favourite book growing up?
I used to read and re-read all the Enid Blyton school books — Mallory Towers, St Clare’s etc, — it was complete escapism as the nasty girls always got what they deserved.

Who is your favourite children’s author?
Joan Aitken followed by Dianne Wynne Jones and Philip Pullman.

What is your favourite colour?
I really love that soft grey-green of seaside grass — just as it’s about to rain.

Who inspired you to illustrate?

The talented and encouraging illustrators I’ve met over the past few years who have shown it’s possible to draw for a living and who all clearly LOVE what they do.

How did you get started?
I’ve always drawn, and have been thinking up book concepts for years. So I gradually put more and more work on my website, then sent my folio up to a SCWIBI folio showcase. The book work has come from these sources, very recently.

How old were you?

Old. This old — as old as I am now. As old as my tongue and a little older than my teeth ... ok: 43.

Why did you want to be an illustrator?

Making art is just so enjoyable — and I love stories. When adults reminisce about favourite picture books and their eyes light up, I’m also reminded that it’s a worthwhile job - as well as fun.

How do you think up ideas?
Maybe someone will say something, or my kids will do something funny, or I’ll notice something on my morning walk or cycle into town. And, if I think there could be a story in it, I’ll sketch it out and work it over in my head for a while. Sometimes I tell my idea to my family, who then make fun of it (my oldest son is particularly merciless); but this is, infact, surprisingly helpful. I also keep — sporadically — a visual diary and ideas can come from there too.

Do you have a special place where you illustrate?
Yes! We moved house recently and I now have my own little room — stuffed full of books, paper, art materials, a scanner, laptop and a digital screen I can draw on. It’s heaven — or it would be if the coffee machine wasn’t still down the corridor, in the kitchen.

What is the best thing about being an illustrator?

I love taking a story and working out how to bring out the funny, poignant moments, sometimes adding characters, working out what viewpoints to use. I used to work as an Art Director in an agency and our Creative Director would say ‘push it — just that bit more’ — so that’s what I like, working out how to take something good and ‘push it’...

Have you had any funny or embarrassing moment as an illustrator?
Not yet. I’m sure they’ll come — probably during a school visit.

What do you do when you are not illustrating?
All the things I should have done when illustrating — starting with the neglected laundry.

What would you have chosen to be if you were not an illustrator?
I’d love to do storyboarding for movies — though is this still illustrating...

Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?
I’d love to have a brainstorm with Joan Aitken. Failing that, an art lesson from Gustav Dore would go down well I might have to brush up my French first.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
I love spotting mushrooms and toadstools, and find them absolutely fascinating. I’m trying to work out how to wrangle a mushroom idea into a picture book — there’s loads of material at 100th Monkey Mushroom Farm.

Website/blog details
lucindagifford.com



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