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12th October 2015

Forest Wonder cover

Forest Wonder

Written by Caroline Tuohey

Illustrated by Muza Ulasowski

Released: August 2015

Rhyming Picture Book

0-6 year age group
Paperback
32 pages
240 mm x 240 mm
ISBN: 9780992471316
Written, Illustrated and Printed in Australia
RRP: $16.95

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Author Website: www.carolinetuohey.com

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Illustrator Website: www.muzadesigns.com.au

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The picture book Forest Wonder  has been a self-publishing collaboration between writer and poet Caroline Tuohey and illustrator and graphic designer Muza Ulasowski. Having written a rhyming story about Australia’s wonderful array of forest animals, Caroline scoured the Illustrator’s Australia website in search of a potential collaborator. The detail and colour in Muza Ulasowski’s artwork immediately caught her eye – especially a beautiful illustrated possum.

In one of those lovely serendipitous moments, just prior to Muza receiving the query email from Caroline, she had been thinking she would like to illustrate a project that featured native Australian animals.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Caroline’s story tells the tale of a forest party the creatures share on a moon-lit night. It celebrates the wonders in nature, the diversity of animals, birds and insects; and the array of trees and plants. Yet it also allows children to enjoy the wonder of magic and imagination.

Muza’s artistry fills all the pages with vibrant colour, subtle detail and surprise. She has allowed the natural world to spill across double-page spreads making each page an artwork in its own right.

Both author and illustrator live close to their own forest wonder – Caroline on a farm that has kangaroos, emus, possums and kookaburras regularly in or around her garden. Muza, in Brisbane with a garden full of varied bird-life. And both have daughters who share their passion and respect for nature.

Caroline wrote Forest Wonder  after reading about a competition which had the theme ‘inspired by the work of May Gibbs’. “As a child, I read the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie  stories. I always enjoyed the fact May Gibbs’ stories made the natural settings of the forest and Australian bush just as important as the nature-based characters. I hope Muza and I have done the same with Forest Wonder.  I would be pleased to know our story not only entertains as a picture book, but also leads to further discussion on animals, birds, bugs and plants. If it encourages children and parents to stop and really notice all the wonders nature has, that will be lovely.”


Caroline Tuohey

Q. Tell us about yourself.

I am a children’s writer and bush poet. I am also a mother of two children and a farmer. My passion is children’s picture books.

Q. What is your book about?

Forest Wonder tells the tale of a forest party the creatures share on a moon-lit night. It celebrates the wonders in nature, the diversity of animals, birds and insects; and the array of trees and plants. Yet it also allows children to enjoy the wonder of magic and imagination.

Q. Who is your target audience for this book?

Children aged 0-6

Q. What aspects did you find challenging about this book?

Like most stories, it had a lot of revisions in the early writing stages, but it was a lovely project to work on. I took a great deal of time talking with Muza prior to us actually starting the project to ensure we shared the same vision.

Q. Why does your book offer the reader that differs from others covering similar subjects?

It offer the reader beautiful double-page spread illustrations that promote discussion about nature, it encourages children to explore the idea of magic and imagination, while still respecting the wonder of the natural world and I hope it offers lyrical rhyme that children will enjoy reading out loud. And it is a book that has been printed in Australia.

Q. How did the idea for this book come about?

I read of a competition that asked entrants to write a story or poem that was inspired by the work of May Gibbs. I loved Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and always enjoyed their forest adventures. That was my inspiration for Forest Wonder.

About Me

The Story So Far…..

I grew up on a farm at Carrathool in a family where reading was very important and books were a constant companion. I always enjoyed writing so completed a correspondence course in creative writing after I finished university.

I have lived in Melbourne, Canberra, and Griffith. I currently live at Darlington Point.

I have had fiction and non-fiction published in anthologies, magazines, newspapers and online.

My new rhyming picture book is called Forest Wonder. It tells the tale of a forest party the creatures share on a moon-lit night. It celebrates the wonders in nature, the diversity of animals, birds and insects; and the array of trees and plants. Yet it also allows children to enjoy the wonder of magic and imagination.

My first rhyming picture book is called ‘Climb’. It was published with Little Steps Publishing in July 2013. It is a story celebrating adventurous play and childhood imagination for children up to the age of six. It was honoured as a finalist in the ‘Children’s Picture Book: Softcover Fiction’ category of the 2014 International Book Awards.

In March 2013 I entered the world of bush poetry by performing at the John O’Brien Festival and received the Jim Angel Award for Best Performance of an Original Poem. Since then, I have gone on to write, perform and compete on the bush poetry circuit and also at social and corporate functions.

I have a self-published book of my bush poetry called ‘Riverina Rain and other poems’.

One of my children’s short stories was published in a Canadian anthology called ‘The Memory Shop And Other Stories’. I was one of ten contributors.

I also have a children’s poem printed on a tea towel.

I enjoy speaking at schools and helping students with their writing goals. I also perform my poetry at corporate and social events.

To learn more about me and my writing, please visit my website: www.carolinetuohey.com


 Muza Ulasowski

Q. Tell us about yourself.

I am an illustrator and graphic designer. My passion is children’s picture books.

Q. What is your book about?

Forest Wonder tells the tale of a forest party the creatures share on a moon-lit night. It celebrates the wonders in nature, the diversity of animals, birds and insects; and the array of trees and plants. Yet it also allows children to enjoy the wonder of magic and imagination.

Q. Who is your target audience for this book?

Children aged 0-6

Q. What aspects did you find challenging about this book?

My challenge with this particular children’s picture book was trying to keep the illustrations simple. I failed miserably as the characters in this book took over very early on and were very much in charge of what was happening on each page. This usually happens half way through illustrating my books, but in the case of Forest Wonder, this happened almost immediately. So, of course, I kept adding more and more action happening into the pages, with the result that the “simplicity” factor went out the window. But I am rather pleased with the way the book turned out.

Q. Why does your book offer the reader that differs from others covering similar subjects?

Caroline has answered very succinctly: It offer the reader beautiful double-page spread illustrations that promote discussion about nature, it encourages children to explore the idea of magic and imagination, while still respecting the wonder of the natural world and I hope it offers lyrical rhyme that children will enjoy reading out loud. And it is a book that has been printed in Australia.

Q. How did the idea for this book come about?

I had been thinking about illustrating a picture book containing Australian animals/plants for quite a while, so when Caroline emailed me with her amazing manuscript, I jumped at the chance to illustrate it.

About Me

Muza is a graphic designer and children’s book illustrator based in Brisbane, Queensland. Inspired and surrounded by a vast array of local flora and fauna, she shares her life with her wonderful husband, their charismatic bulldog called Charlie and a black magic cat named Basil. She has illustrated over nine published children’s books including those listed below. Her favourite medium is digital illustration followed by photography and acrylic painting.

Her graphic design qualifications are:

  • Diploma of Arts (Visual Communication) - 1982 - Seven Hills College of Art
  • Certificate IV in Design - 2008 – Brisbane North Institute of TAFE
  • Diploma of Graphic Design - 2008 - Brisbane North Institute of TAFE

She has been a part of several international exhibitions including the 4th Croatian Biennale of Illustration Exhibition in Zagreb, July 2012, and the Nami Island International Illustration Concours, South Korea, March 2013.

You will generally find Muza in her colourful studio creating whimsical characters for the next up and coming children’s book.

Website: www.muzadesigns.com.au

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