French chil­dren s au­thor shares cre­ative se­crets

Changjiang Weekly - - CONTENTS - By Zhou Manzhen

On Au­gust 29, Stéphanie Blake, the French au­thor of the chil­dren's book se­ries "Su­per Bunny," shared with her read­ers at the Cul­ture Book­shop on Han Street her sto­ries of cre­ation be­hind her pop­u­lar se­ries.

Fea­tur­ing a lit­tle bunny named Si­mon who trans­forms into Su­per Bunny when­ever he puts on his cape and mask, this se­ries of il­lus­trated books has been trans­lated into more than twenty lan­guages so far. "Su­per Bunny" was im­me­di­ately well-re­ceived among young read­ers on its pub­li­ca­tion in China in 2009. Blake said prior to the cre­ation of Si­mon, her el­dest son had been par­tic­u­larly ob­sessed with the Su­per­man cos­tume at that time. So upon get­ting a call from her editor ask­ing for a com­pletely new im­age for a new pic­ture book, she sketched a boy bunny and later, in­spired by her son, added a blue cape and a mask.

Blake said that she has al­ways been a great fan of the Chi­nese gouache. Ac­cord­ing to her, the char­ac­ter Si­mon was cre­ated us­ing wa­ter and ink. She also men­tioned her ex­pe­ri­ence of study­ing Chi­nese in Bei­jing as an ex­change stu­dent when she was 19, which in­flu­enced greatly the way she cre­ated her char­ac­ters. "I ba­si­cally learned on my own and I did what­ever suited me best. This is very sim­i­lar to my cre­ations in which all the sto­ries re­flected my most in­tense feel­ings. I even looked at my­self in the mir­ror in or­der to cap­ture the vivid ex­pres­sions of the bunny," Blake said.

Stéphanie Blake

"Su­per Bunny" se­ries

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