Friday, 24 March 2017

Feature Author Illustrator Mark Wilson

The Anzac Stories: Behind the Pages exhibition has many fabulous Australian and New Zealand authors and illustrators in it. Go to Authors/Illustrators/Books to see the full list.

This week we have the very talented Mark Wilson with his book 'Flapper VC'. 'Flapper VC' has just been released and is already selling well. Flapper was a big hit at the 2nd Annual  Dromkeen Literature Festival last Saturday, and the kids love him (or more precisely, the hand puppet that pretended to be Flapper!). 

Based on the true story of Flapper, a messenger pigeon and his handler, an Australian soldier, during WW2.

Raised and trained in Australia, Flapper survived four years of warfare in the Pacific, to eventually be pinned down and surrounded by Japanese troops during the battle for Manus Island in the late stages of the war. The patrol was almost out of ammunition, many were wounded, and the only radio they had was smashed by a stray bullet. The only hope of survival was to get a message through to Headquarters for support. It was up to the messenger pigeons with the patrol. The first two pigeons released were shot by enemy snipers, but Flapper, against all the odds, survived the snipers and machine gun bullets to get a message through that saved the patrol. Flapper was awarded the Pigeon version of the VC, called the Dickin Medal, for his actions on that day, and his medal is proudly displayed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia.

Published by Lothian/Hachette Children's Books Australia.

Recent Children's Books
Beth – the Story of a Child Convict Hachette
Flapper VC Hachette
Digger - The Dog Who Went to War Hachette
Migaloo - the White Whale Hachette
The Horse Soldier Windy Hollow

Recent Awards
2016 Whitley Picture-book Award Migaloo – the White Whale
2015 CBCA Eva Pownall Notable Book Award The Afghanistan Pup
2014 WAYR Award shortlist Ben & Gracie’s Art Adventure
2014 CBCA Notable Picture book Award Vietnam Diary

A sneak peak of Mark's display:

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