Mas Marzuki Jul 10, 2019
I was quite nervous as I waited in the lobby of the hotel from where I was to pick up Evi Shelvia, w
On our way to the first school, she showed me her books and what inspired me the most was how she started in this field in the beginning. She even gave me tips on how to make my 7 year old pursue her interest in books – my daughter is really a big fan of writing and illustrating her own picture storybooks since attending Bookaroo events for 2 years in a row.
Evi is here for Bookaroo Kuching thanks to Oyez Books. We arrived at the first school, SK Siol Kanan, earlier than scheduled. The children were curious about the new visitor as we made our way to the admin room. We could hear laughter from one of the classes where, probably, a teacher was telling a joke.
The Guru Besar (principal) greeted us with tea as we waited. It was Evi’s first visit to Kuching, and she was already getting a feel of Kuching’s warm hospitality. Evi’s session was ‘Monster Mine” based on her book “The Rabbi(t)lution”. She showed them a book of animals and revolution. The children were then asked to close their eyes and imagine their own monsters, whether it was square eyed, scary or cute!
While they imagined their monsters, some could be seen smiling and others looking terrified. Evi then asked them to draw what they had imagined. It was amazing to see the children’s imagination on paper. The whole point was for children to make their own stories from picture books and, at the same time, use their imagination. That is the one thing that many children don’t get the chance to express, for various reasons. Today, that was something that the children and I learnt.