KOALA Kids monthly book clubs offers young students undergoing cancer treatment the opportunity to enjoy different styles of literature and illustrations and participate in engaging activities with the books’ authors and illustrators.

Kevin Burgemeestre with his crazy pencil hat reading his story to the children!
Kevin Burgemeestre with his crazy pencil hat reading his story to the children!

Children enjoyed experimenting with watercolours with illustrator Kim Fleming and the only risk of infection during Kevin Burgemeestre’s book club appearance was his whacky personality and wonderful sense of humor.

Kim read several of the books she has illustrated including Mummy,You’re Special to Me, before demonstrating some of the techniques she uses when working with watercolour paints to create her images. Students were provided the opportunity to explore these techniques and then created their own paintings inspired by the themes in the books.

Meanwhile award winning writer and illustrator Kevin Burgemeestre with over sixty books to his credit brought to the CCCs two pieces of unique artwork made for his book B is for Bravo, which teaches the phonetic alphabet for aviation. These artworks are handmade dioramas using recycled materials that Kevin found in rubbish bins and lying around the place. They were so detailed and looked so real; they were fascinating. It took Kev three years to create this amazing artwork! Kim Fleming_1

Kevin then read The Old Woman and the Pig. Read with terrific speed and comedic time, the children loved the hilarious ending before engaging in a creative activity where they tore holes in paper to create eyes and then drew expressive faces. They also made tongues! Kev then made some hats with puppy ears and scary looking masks using Posca pens.

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