Au­thor un­locks chil­dren’s imag­i­na­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

MT Law­ley chil­dren’s au­thor Danny Parker says his daugh­ter, who is a Year 4 stu­dent at Perth Col­lege, is one of his most val­ued ed­i­tors.

“Abi is a great editor, she’ll say things like, ‘Is that sup­posed to be funny?” Parker said.

Parker launched his se­ries of four books Lola’s Toy Box at Perth Col­lege last Tues­day.

The books are suited to stu­dents from years 1 to 3 and tell the story of a young girl who dis­cov­ers an old toy box that takes her to another world where toys come to life.

Parker is the drama di­rec­tor at Hale School.

His first pic­ture book Tree was nom­i­nated for a WA Premier’s Lit­er­acy Award in 2012 and Para­chute was short­listed for the Chil­dren’s Book Coun­cil’s 2014 Pic­ture Book of the Year award.

Parker said it was im­por­tant to en­cour­age imag­i­na­tion in young chil­dren.

“The imag­i­nary chal­lenges in the book mir­ror real-life chal­lenges.

“It’s the first novel for many of them, and that’s a real hon­our.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d442568

Chil­dren’s au­thor Danny Parker with his daugh­ter Abi (9).

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