Palmerston ACT 2913
26th Jan 2015
2nd Feb 2015
Term 1 Begins
2nd Feb 2015 8:55am
Preschool Group 1 and Kindergarten first day of school
3rd Feb 2015 8:55am
1st Day of School - years 1 to 6
'Pie-Rats' Sail Into Palmerston!
The School Hall was decked out with colourful images of rats in bandannas and eye-patches against a crossed knife and fork. It is the logo of the Pie-Rats; the crew of the good ship Apple Pie – a peculiar pastry ship where cannons shoot mouldy pies and coloured pencils are used as peg-legs.
They are the creations of renowned children's author Dr Cameron Seltzer, writer and illustrator of the Stroogle and Pie-Rats series of books.
Why 'Pie-Rats?' this writer asked him. "Well, I was looking for villains to work into a book and I happen to think pirates are pretty cool villains and everyone loves pies, so the Pie-Rats were born!" he said.
The author was a guest at Palmerston District Primary School for their 2014 Book Week celebrations, where he conducted writing and illustrating workshops with the students.
Dr. Seltzer, who has a Doctorate in Visual Arts, six Stroogle and three Pie-Rats books under his belt, first started writing children's books in 2004.
His books match exciting rhyme and prose with bright, lively artwork. A big fan of Book Week, he uses his visits to schools to bring out the creative streak in students by linking a love of books and reading to the elements that go into the concept, writing and illustrating elements of creating a book.
The sessions had students creating a superhero and a sidekick, then writing a description of their superpowers and then drawing them." There you are" he tells the attentive audience," you're well on your way to writing a book."
Sylvia Headon, Executive Teacher at the school says that Book Week activities attract a lot of parental engagement and that the visit gave the students an opportunity to work directly with a high quality and popular children's author. "The students love reading his books. Having him visit helps promote the link between reading and writing in a real life context." she said.
Students Lily, Sean and Lachlan, who attended the session, and had created and drawn 'SuperRat & The Incredible Mouse Boy', 'FatMan & his trusty sidekick Hoogy', and 'Multi-tentacle Man and Squid Boy', said that the session gave them the knowledge and insight into what goes into the writing of a book.
The three also said that they couldn't wait to share the details of the experience with their parents. "Book Week is great and Dr.Seltzer's visit has made it even greater!" said Lily.