The Craft of Illustrating Picture Books

Today’s guest grew up in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Australia. She did correspondence lessons with Katherine School of the Air. When she got older, she moved to the big smoke, studied graphic design, drew a picture of a penguin and became a children’s book illustrator. Her latest book is the hilarious Mary Had a Little Lamb. What Really Happened. The real story behind the nursery rhyme.

She’s popped in to tell us all about her book, what the process was like, what she’s learned, kick back with a taco, and have a chin wag about all things kids books. Ladies and Gentlemen, please give it up for Natashia Curtin. Woo-hoo!

We talk about the art of illustrating picture books, how to bring movement in to your illustrations, what editors expect and ways to learn your craft.


Mary had a little lamb. What really happened book review


Ava and Pepe’s Book Review

Ava and Pepe’s very first book to review is Your Birthday Was The Best! A 2021 CBCA Honour Book.

At only 7-years of age, book worm Ava is a natural. She gives us a rundown of this hilarious book, as she sees it. However, we’re not so sure that Pepe is such a natural just yet.  

Ava and Pepe


Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

 Natashia Curtin: For more info about this awesome illustrator, you can click on her website here.

Mary had a little lamb. What really happened: To find out more about this fun picture book, click here.

Scholastic Australia: To find out more about the publishing house behind Mary had a little lamb. What really happened, click here.

Your Birthday Was The Best!: For more info on this hilarious book, read our Taco’s review here.


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