Report on launch of Lian Tanner's first picture book at Hobart Bookshop, Sunday 4th August.
There was an excellent crowd gathered together, excited to celebrate the release of Lian Tanner’s first picture book, Ella and the Ocean, which was launched by Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, the Governor of Tasmania, AC with a great deal of warmth, humour and obvious enjoyment.
The MC was young English teacher and writer Lyndon Riggall, a regular blogger for the CBCA Tasmanian Branch, and well known for his involvement with Readers Cup competitions. He skillfully interviewed Lian and Kate, bringing out a wonderful amount of interesting detail.
‘Ella lived in the red-dirt country where the earth was as dry as old bones and it hadn't rained for years and years and years. One night, Ella dreamt of the ocean...’
For Lian dreams are important, and the ocean is such a great place to play. Ella loves her visit to the ocean, and there is a little boat on almost every page. There was also a great activity for children to hunt in the dark with torches around the bookshop for 20 hidden paper boats in order to win prizes. Lian had an ink stamp with the sailing boat on it which she used when she signed people’s books which added a great touch to her signature.
CBCA Executive member
Jonathan Bentley is the illustrator of many wonderful picture books, including The Second Sky by Patrick Guest (CBCA Shortlist 2018), Tales from a Tall Forest by Shaun Micallef, First Day by Andrew Daddo, Blue Sky Yellow Kite by Janet A. Holmes, and Where is Bear?