Square Eyes (with CD)

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Author: Smith,Craig

Illustrator: Tulloch,Scott

Item Code: 8329492

Product Type: Book

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781775432692


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Panda and his friends sit inside on the couch all day, glued to the TV screen or multi-screening with tablets too. This catchy tune encourages them to get up, get outdoors, and get exercising! From Craig Smith, creator of the phenomenally successful Wonky Donkey.

Genre: Humorous Stories Subject: Picture Books Reading Level: Early Childhood, Foundation, Lower Primary School Year: Early Childhood, Pre-School, Foundation, Year 1 Ages: 2 to 6 Page Count: 24
Craig Smith

Born in Clyde, central Otago, New Zealand in 1972, Craig Smith grew up living in the scenic South Island tourist town of Queenstown with his mother and five siblings. Craig has worked at a variety of jobs, from cook to ski instructor.

As a child he remembers telling his mother, 'When I grow up, I'm going to become a musician.' Her answer? 'You can't do both!' She was right. Although he spends much of his time writing songs for an adult audience, Craig couldn't escape his childish side and was soon writing songs 'for the less mature'.

In late 2007 Craig released his first kids' album Not Just For Kids. The first track from this album—'The Wonky Donkey'—won the APRA NZ Children’s Song of the Year Award in 2008 and ended up making the top 25 songs in the children’s section of the ISC International Songwriting Contest—the world’s biggest song competition.

In 2009 The Wonky Donkey was published as a book with hilarious illustrations by Craig’s friend Katz Cowley. This talented duo also released another book and song project—Willbee the Bumblebee.
Craig now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand and when he is not working on his children's music/books, he works as an itinerant musician, playing in restaurants and pubs, at market days and festivals, playing music for young and old.

Fast Facts:
  • Guitar-playing, singing entertainer with great sense of humour!
  • Winner, APRA NZ Children’s Song of the Year 2008.
  • Top 25 in children’s section of ISC International Songwriting Contest.
  • Lived in Australia for 4 years and Vietnam for 6 years.
  • Quotes Spike Milligan as his inspiration.
Scott Tulloch

Where were you born?


Where do you live now?

Where did you go to school?

In the Hutt Valley.

Did you have a nickname?

What were you like in school?

What is the naughtiest thing you did?
I stole a Crunchie bar and got in big, big trouble. Not recommended.

What was your favourite book growing up?
The Living Forest by Rein Poortvliet. It’s basically a collection of wildlife sketches by a Dutch artist, but they are amazing sketches. Also he got to spend his life in the outdoors drawing the animals he saw, which seemed like the coolest job when I was a kid (it still seems pretty cool, actually).

Who is your favourite children’s author?
Goscinny & Uderzo, the Asterix guys (whomever of them did the writing) and Richmal Crompton, who wrote a series of books about a boy called William Brown who always got in trouble.

What is your favourite food/colour/movie?
My favourite food depends on what I feel like eating at the time, but pizza usually goes down well. Colour: Blue. Movie: My favourite movie changes over time, but when I was a kid it was Star Wars for sure (the very first one).

Who inspired you to write/illustrate?
The guys who created Asterix, Rien Poortvliet, Raymond Briggs.

How did you get started?
When I was 26 I decided I’d like to be an illustrator or artist, so I bought some art materials and began drawing and painting all the time.

How old were you?
I became a professional artist at the age of 28, and had my first book as both author and illustrator
published when I was 40.

Why did you want to be a writer/illustrator?
For the fun of it, and getting lots of people to see what I do.

How do you think up ideas?
Randomly mostly, though sometimes it’s from watching what’s going on in my own life.

Do you have a special place where you write and illustrate?
My studio—I used to have a proper one but now it’s a spare bedroom.

What is the best thing about being an author/illustrator?

Working for myself. Also you can Google your name.

Have you had a funny or embarrassing moment as an author/illustrator?
Not really. I’m too hidden away in my studio to get into embarrassing situations. I used to get really embarrassed about speaking in front of lots of people but I’m a bit better now.

What do you do when you are not writing and illustrating?

In winter I drive buses in the snow. In my spare time like to sleep under trees in the great outdoors and go diving in the sea.

What would you have chosen to be if you were not an author/illustrator?

I’d like to have been a wildlife expert like David Attenborough.

Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?
I’d quite like to meet a Neanderthal!

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
My daughter says I’m a 'man-child' and 'not very sensible' (she’s 9).
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