It all started with an English pun. ‘Draw the curtains quick!’ I imagined this wolf leering, the piggies cowering inside the brick house – and the joy you’d get scribbling black curtains over him with a felt pen .
And now my 4 little doodly Tales (Goldilocks, The Three Pigs, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel for kids to read, complete and colour in, are now on sale in France. My French publisher, Bayard Jeunesse bagged my idea first – and helped me adapt and translate them into French. ( I hope they’ll be out in English one day).
If you’ve a few minutes to spare you can listen to me being interviewed by Bayard about this and other books I’ve done for them – in French!
Here’s a 80 second film of brilliant young artists from all over the world drawing at my big draw event in Tate Britain. After reading the story of how Tiz and Ott got carried away drawing and painting, kids from 3 to 11 grabbed brush pens and crayons and in less than an hour Tiz and Ott had their own pop-up gallery in the museum. Some kids’s works of art will also be popping up on the Kid’s Corner gallery slideshow. Is yours there yet?
— Tate Publishing (@Tate_Publishing) March 26, 2016
Print your own free 3D Tiz pencil holder @MyMiniFactory (big thanks to 3D designer @evavoo or you can buy your own Tiz to paint! (stop motion © Ella Finch)
Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw by Bridget Marzo (Tate £9.99) captivates with its economy. It encourages children, with an unintimidating gaiety, to draw. Tiz is a marmalade cat (his stripes 18 strokes of an orange crayon, his mouth a single upturned black line). Ott is a cheerier donkey than Eeyore (though in possession of a blue tail). The two artists wield outsized equipment: multicoloured crayon and paintbrush. They learn about creativity: it is best not to sleep on the job; it is sometimes good to collaborate; if you paint a storm, you might get swept away. Adults will derive metaphorical mileage from the story and relish the remedy for a creative block as much as any child: out of a deep hole emerges a rainbow-coloured ladder. A joy of a book – all ages.”
Saturday June 4
Bethlem Museum of the Mind, London
A family painting workshop inspired by a fascinating book on show in their current exhibition Youtopia, called the Little Traveller.
Watch this space for a US book tour in October 2016!
Saturday March 26, 3PM –
Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
TuesdaY MARCH 15
Pop Up workshops, Willam Read and Lubbins Park Schools, Canvey Island.
Campsbourne School, Alexandra Palace
Huddersfield University talk to final year illustration students.
Alexandra Infants School, Beckenham
Kew College organized by Pea Green Books
National Library Day – joining other CWISL authors at the Minet Library, Brixton
for a day of public events for children and families including a Tiz and Ott workshop at 2pm.
Join me at a free drop-in family illustration workshop at
The South London Gallery First ever Children’s Bookfair from 12:45 – 1:15
School workshops with author Addy Farmer
(Go to the Events page for more details)
South Kensington Kids Festival at the French Institute, London
Chelsea Young Writers
Culture Shot Ruislip Manor Library
Launch of Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw Tate UK – distributed in the USA by Abrams
OCTOBER 19 – 23
Pop Up Education Peterborough
The Isle of Wight Literary Festival
The Guardian Education Centre’s Cartoon & Art Family Day at Kings Place, London
JULY 22, 10-1PM
JUly 9, 10-11AM
June 11-13, 2015
JUNE 4, 2015
The official Tate launch party of Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw at the wonderful Tales on Moon Lane. Check out Ella Finch’s 1 minute film of my invitation drawn to music here
May 7, 2015
Official publication date of my next book Tiz & Ott’s Big Draw by Tate Publishing UK – hooray!
April 14 – April 15, 2015
I will be giving two holiday workshops for Chelsea Young Writers in London.
March 24 – April 1, 2015
- Tues March 24: Beijing The World of Kids Lit with Frané Lessac and Anette Øster.
- Wed March 25 10am: Beijing Storytelling through words and drawings , workshop ages 6-12.
- Thurs March 26: Beijing School visits.
- Sat March 28: 10am: Beijing Illustration workshop for adults
- Sun March 29 10am: Suzhou Encouraging Little Readers with Frané Lessac
- Sun March 29 19pm: Suzhou Final World Bookworm Festival closing party
Masterclass for the SCBWI at the House of Illustration, London