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Claire Zorn - No Place for an Octopus - Book Launch

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Claire Zorn - No Place for an Octopus - Book Launch

Time & Location

24 Nov 2019, 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm
Upstairs at Better Read Than Dead, 265 King Street, Newtown NSW, Australia

About The Event

Join us for the launch of award-winning author Claire Zorn's No Place for an Octopus, her first picture book for younger readers. 

Full of the most incredible illustrations done by Claire herself, and sure to capture a whole new audience, No Place for an Octopus is a whimsical tale of all the adventures an octopus and a young boy could go on, should the octopus leave the rock pool. 

To be launched by Wai Chim, author of The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling!

This is a FREE event. RSVP now! 

 

About the Book

Award-winning young adult author Claire Zorn is set to capture the imaginations of a whole new audience with her first picture book for younger readers. No Place for an Octopus is a whimsical tale of all the adventures an octopus and a young boy could go on, should the octopus leave the rock pool.

Could it be happy in the rock pool?

It must be lonely there all by itself.

It looks hungry. Wet. And cold.

Maybe I could take it home?

‘I began writing No Place for an Octopus because I have always been captivated by octopuses; they are such bizarre creatures and scientists are continually making new and unexpected discoveries about them,’ Zorn said.

‘I set out to see an octopus the way a child might: as a source of wonder. Children often seek companionship with creatures adults would ignore or consider inappropriate pets.

‘I wanted to engage with a child’s love of the absurd by placing the octopus in all sorts of silly scenarios, like on a rollercoaster or at the cinema. Within that premise I also sought to create an exercise in empathy where the child is able to identify the octopus’s feelings about the situation it finds itself in.’

This picture book will delight children as they soak in the lush details of the vibrant, colourful illustrations created by Zorn and wonder, Where is the best place for an octopus?

Praise

"I’ve always loved Claire Zorn’s magical way with words and now her stunning illustrations have gone straight to my heart."  

- Megan Daley, award winning children's librarian, author of the firm staff favourite Raising Readers, and curator of the Children’s Books Daily blog.

About the Author

Claire Zorn is the author of three novels for young adults: The Sky So Heavy, The Protected and One Would Think the Deep. Published to critical acclaim both nationally and internationally, her novels have won multiple awards, most notably the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Young Adult Fiction, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards – Young Adult Fiction Prize, the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards for Young Adult Fiction and the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Older Readers (twice). for more on Claire, visit www.clairezorn.com.

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