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Max spends her days staring out the window. She lives in a world of silence, hurt and alone with her thoughts. But with the help of a little bird, Max learns that she can bravely rebuild her world and give life a second chance. A poignant story about how a disability does not mean the end of possibilities. This story will help teach children about resilience and the wonderful relationship with animals, even with disabilities.
About the Author: Robert Vescio
Robert is a published children’s author. His picture books include, Finn and Puss (EK Books), Eric Finds A Way (Wombat Books) listed on the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2018, Ella Saw The Tree (Big Sky Publishing), Jack and Mia (Wombat Books) listed on the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2017, Barnaby and the Lost Treasure of Bunnyville (Big Sky Publishing), Marlo Can Fly (Wombat Books) listed on the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2015, No Matter Who We’re With (IP Kidz). He has more picture books due to be released soon.
Many of his short stories have been published in anthologies such as Packed Lunch, Short and Twisted, Charms Vol 1, The Toy Chest and The School Magazine NSW.
He has won awards for his children’s writing including First Place in the 2012 Marshall Allan Hill Children’s Writing Competition and Highly Commended in the 2011 Marshall Allan Hill Children’s Writing Competition.
Robert is a Books In Homes Role Model and enjoys visiting schools. His aim is to enthuse and inspire children to read and write and leave them bursting with imaginative ideas.
About the Illustrator: Demelsa Haughton
After achieving a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design and Production, Demelsa did the most obvious and straight forward thing – she completely ignored her degree and returned to her first love – painting. However, she did veer into digital media rather than traditional paint and canvas after being intoduced to Photoshop while at university. She now paints digitally with the odd pencil sketch thrown in as a starting point.
As well as private commissions and publishing work, she runs a small business turning her art into giclee prints and greeting cards.
Demelsa is interested in all things magical, supernatural and otherworldly – an early memory that perhaps influenced this was being convinced she had seen a two headed llama at a zoo visit. Embarrassingly, she continued to believe this until well into her teens. It was a sad, sad day when reality became real.
She likes to paint images that create a feeling of magic, and that anything you can imagine is possible. Even two headed llamas.
She has illustrated two picture books with animal rights publisher, Tusk Books, and is excited to join Little Pink Dog Books to illustrate her third.