Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
OLIVER JEFFERS: THE CHILD IN ME
from We Love this Book
The bestselling author and illustrator on his childhood and how he learnt to draw
"Reading The BFG by Roald Dahl first got me into books. I couldn't put it down. There was a dark mischievousness that completely enraptured me, and a moreishness that meant for the first time I was reading a book when I didn't have to. I was quite depressed when I finished the book, as I didn't want the adventure to end. I was relieved to find out that Dahl had written other books, which I pored over one by one, and by the time I was done with him I was an avid reader for life. I first started drawing pretty badly. I wasn't even one of the top five in my class. But even so, I still enjoyed it and kept at it, eventually getting better with practice. I made a real breakthrough when I realised I had more fun when I didn't try to make my drawings look 'proper' or the way someone else's looked, but just let it come out of the pen."