Book awards again for Bix­ley


Hav­ing taken out best il­lus­tra­tor for the last three years, Taupo’s Dono­van Bix­ley, is again in the run­ning.

Last week saw the an­nounce­ment of the fi­nal­ists for the 2017 Book Awards for Chil­dren and Young Adults. Bix­ley was named as one of the fi­nal­ists in the The Rus­sell Clark Il­lus­tra­tion Award cat­e­gory for his fourth year run­ning.

The book nom­i­nated, Fuzzy Doo­dle, was writ­ten by Melinda Szy­manik and il­lus­trated by Bix­ley.

It re­lates to the story book, The Hun­gry Cater­pil­lar but tells the tale of a scrib­ble turn­ing into a vis­ual piece of art.

Be­ing il­lus­trated in mainly inks and pen­cils, Bix­ley said it was Asian in­spired and was com­pletely dif­fer­ent to his for­mer pieces of work.

‘‘Last year was my Shake­speare book and I’ve done books about di­nosaurs, car­toon works and re­al­is­tic works,’’ he said.

‘‘This one was com­pletely dif­fer­ent again.’’

Bix­ley de­scribed il­lus­trat­ing an­other au­thor’s book as the best of both worlds.

‘‘I am en­joy­ing the best of both worlds writ­ing and il­lus­trat­ing my own and then be­ing of­fered to do this from an­other bril­liant au­thor.’’

Bix­ley is also up for Best Pic­ture Book. The awards will be an­nounced in Au­gust.

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