Author(s): Lucy Estela
Eva squeezed Suri's hand. "What's there? What can you see?" "What can I see?" Suri looked out over the wall. "Oh, it's beautiful, let me tell you all about it." A moving tale of the power of the human spirit brought alive by Lucy Estela and award-winning illustrator Matt Ottley.
A spectacular picture book showing the potential of the arts, storytelling and creativity, to comfort, transform and protect. Suri is the tallest of the many children staying in a walled sanctuary, this makes her stick out, but it also means she has now grown tall enough to peek her nose over the wall to where the other children can't see. She tells them all of the beautiful magical lands and people she can see. In a wonderful mix of magic and fiction where we never quite know what's true and what's not. Sure enough though the land is war-torn, Suri's stories keep the children happy, inspired and feeling safe! Clever, simple and poignant. Picture book for ages 5+. A staff pick of Bernice at the Dorothy Butler Children's bookshop.
Lucy Estela (Author) Lucy Estela's love of writing became apparent as early as age seven when she began writing and illustrating a multitude of storybooks and newspaper columns that were printed up at home and forced upon her family. Since then she has taken a fascinating path towards publishing her first book.Her university degree focused on languages but rather than becoming a language teacher, Lucy was introduced to the world of computer games and has pursued a successful career in London and now in Australia as a developer of websites and games for the kids and youth entertainment market including such brands as Disney, Warner Bros Pictures, Chorion and Xbox.Suri's Wall, illustrated by the talented Matt Ottley, is Lucy's debut book with Penguin. Lucy lives in Sydney with her husband and three children.Matt Ottley (Illustrator) Matt Ottley is a multi-modal artist working across the fields of visual arts, music and literature. He is an award-winning picture book writer and illustrator, with 25 picture books published. He spent his childhood in Papua New Guinea, and has travelled widely throughout Australia and the world. As a teenager and during his early twenties he worked as a stockman on remote cattle stations in the Australian outback, before studying fine arts and music. He lived for three years in Britain working as an equestrian painter, painting some of Britain's finest racehorses and polo ponies.He is now one of Australia's most popular children's author/illustrators, and has been published in several different languages around the world.aHis book and musical work for young adults, Requiem for a Beast was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia's Picture Book of the Year in 2008, and the Queensland Premier's A