This book is a sweet and fun collaboration of an initiation project led by Alison Lester and Jane Godwin. Together they travelled to one of the remotest communities in Western Australia – Punmu and worked with the children at the Rawa Community School to write stories and produce art. This is the collaborative culmination of the time spent there with the children.
Jane Godwin (L) and Alison Lester (R)
The story is about monsters, of course! It isn’t scary though – it’s actually a fun story and the monsters are very cute. The text is written in rhyming verse and a real playfulness is projected. The illustrations of cut out monsters are beautifully done and reflect a child-like innocence. The monsters are bold and colourful. There is a sense of cheekiness reflected in the monster’s faces. The font is large and clear, and some of the monster sounds are also cut out of the children’s artwork – this is appealing and has a strong visual impact.
This is an adorable read together book that will surely be read over and over again.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this project – it has turned out really well.
A special shout out to the children from Rawa – you are amazing! – Well Done!