Terry’s tree tales thrill

Il­lus­tra­tor de­lights lo­cals at the Childers li­brary.

Isis Town and Country - - FRONT PAGE - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

CHARTS was abuzz with fans of the fa­mous Andy Grif­fiths’ Tree­house sto­ries with the spe­cial guest and il­lus­tra­tor Terry Den­ton.

Emo­tions ran high for some keen fans as they queued pa­tiently wait­ing for the op­por­tu­nity to have a book or two signed.

Mr Den­ton was sur­rounded by kids want­ing to know more about the books and the process it took to make them.

The guided tour through the ex­hi­bi­tion gave par­ents and chil­dren a look in­side the crazy mind of a story teller.

Mr Den­ton said he has il­lus­trated over 125 books and is cur­rently work­ing on the next book in the Tree­house se­ries with Andy Grif­fiths.

Dy­lan Price, a pas­sion­ate and ded­i­cated fan of the se­ries, said he only got the books last Christ­mas and has read the en­tire se­ries seven times over.

“The sto­ries are re­ally good and Terry is my favourite char­ac­ter and I am re­ally ex­cited about the next book,” Dy­lan said.

Many par­ents also ad­mit to be­ing fans of these books be­cause they have at­tracted the in­ter­est of their sons.

Many of the boys read­ing the books can per­son­ally re­late to the char­ac­ters and they con­tinue to spark kids’ imag­i­na­tions.

Mr Den­ton took the tour over the road to the li­brary where li­brar­i­ans Denise Rap­kins and Rhye Baker dec­o­rated the li­brary as if it was a tree­house to cre­ate mood and at­mos­phere for the spe­cial event.

It was stand­ing room only for the adults as the kids took up the prime spots for story time with Mr Den­ton.

He read with pas­sion in his voice, bring­ing the char­ac­ters to life.

Ms Rap­kins said she was thrilled to have Mr Den­ton read and the li­brary has signed copies of the se­ries.

“It’s great to see plenty of young boys en­joy­ing the books,” she said.

Boys are drawn to the Tree­house se­ries as the sto­ries jour­ney through ad­ven­tures of two boys, Andy and Terry.

Af­ter the read­ing, the mo­bile crowd ven­tured back to Charts for the fi­nal tour of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Pub­lic pro­grams of­fi­cer of the gal­leries, Rebecca MacLean, said the two-day event has at­tracted in­ter­est from hun­dreds of kids.

The Bund­aberg event had over 1200 peo­ple at­tend and here in Childers it was a fantastic turnout and a fantastic ex­hi­bi­tion, she said.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

Denise Rap­kins and Terry Den­ton.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON BUN161016TERRY08

GALLERY FUN: Terry Den­ton with young fans of his Tree­house se­ries.

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