The Lorax, with its message of environmental sustainability, was clearly ahead of its time and the story of The Sneetches has stayed with me throughout my life. Looking past surface appearances and acknowledging the deeper connection we all share as human beings is a message we could all learn from and especially young kids who feel lost and alone if they don't fit the popular kids' mold.
My daughter's favorite book: My two-year-old daughter is currently enjoying Possum Magic by Aussie Author, Mem Fox. It's the story of a little possum who was made invisible by her Grandma's magic to keep her safe. One day she decides she wants to be visible again so in order to reverse the spell, they have to travel all over Australia to sample each city's culinary specialty. From lamingtons to pavlova and finally a vegemite sandwich, Poss is eventually brought back to her normal self and they have a big party to celebrate. It's a cute story and there's always something new to discover in the watercolour illustrations.
An illustrator I adore: I love the work of illustration team Meomi - the creators of The Octonauts. Their style is colourful and cutesy - it would look just as beautiful as wall art in a child's room.
If my life were turned into a children's book the title would be: Having just moved back to Australia after living in Calgary, Canada and (shaky) Christchurch, New Zealand, the title of my book would probably be The Amazing Global Adventures of The Magoolies...with accompanying colourful illustrations of course!
More Maddie: We enjoyed getting to know Maddie better in our Big Blog Family interview and loved learning about great Kiwi kids' design from her. She shares great design, crafts and decor from her neck of the woods (currently Australia) and around the world on L'il Magoolie.
(Top image: Maddie Ezzy)