An opportunity for emerging children’s authors and illustrators


The Courier-Mail Little Big Book Club, in partnership with Fraser Coast Regional Libraries, is proud to present a special forum for those interested in writing or illustrating books for children. The award winning team of author, Frances Watts and illustrator, David Legge are embarking on a national tour to celebrate the release of the rollicking new book, Captain Crabclaw’s Crew.


An informal session will be held at Hervey Bay Library, 161 Old Maryborough Road, Pialba on 13 May 2009 at 6.30 pm. Frances and David will discuss issues such as what makes a ‘good’ children’s book; tips on getting published; and the role of literary agents and editors.

About the book

‘Shivering shellfish,’ Captain Crabclaw said proudly, as he admired his

brand-new pirate ship, the Speedy Squid. ‘Now all I need is a fearsome crew…’

But Captain Crabclaw didn’t expect to sail in search of treasure with a duck…and a cow…and a chicken…and an elephant…and a giraffe! It’s hoist the mainsail and anchors aweigh with the most unusual pirate crew the high seas have ever seen! This rollicking tale of swashbuckling and scrambled eggs will delight landlubbers young and old. From the award-winning creators of Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books and Kisses for Daddy.

About the author, Frances Watts

Frances Watts’ first book for children, Kisses for Daddy, also illustrated by David Legge, was an Honour Book in the Early Childhood category of the 2006 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards. Her second project with David Legge, Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books was the Eve Pownall award winner of the 2008 CBCA Awards for Best Information Book. Frances lives in Sydney’s inner west.

About the illustrator, David Legge

David Legge is the illustrator of many innovative picture books, including the award-winning Bamboozled, Baby Boomsticks, Kisses for Daddy and the award-winning Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books. Not only is he a firm favourite with the CBCA, David is a consistent winner of the Children’s Choice awards throughout Australia. David lives in Sydney.

For further information or to book contact Hervey Bay Library on 4197 4220.


Sourced by Henry Sapiecha

Supplied by

Linda Harris
Fraser Coast Regional Council
Ph: 0417 711 993