In April 2019 I got an email from Protea Bookhuis. I had to read over the email multiple times because I was in shock. When entering the competition it was honestly just to test the waters as I began to play with the idea of being a professional illustrator.
Actually winning, and getting the chance to represent South Africa at the Bologna Children’s Book fair was truly a dream come true!
I’ve been developing the story behind this recycling raccoon for a while, he’s an inventor and upcycler and I hope one day soon you’ll see this trash panda on the shelves of Exclusive Books, ready to teach kids about recycling.
“The work is charming, pleasant and professional” Jury Report
Take a look at the rest of the winners here, https://www.wwpbic.com/winners-2019