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Werner Zimmermann

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree    Pippin the Christmas Pig

Warning! Drawing can be dangerous! And I don’t just mean running with pencils. Drawing, or doodling as it is known in its nobler form, can get you in a lot of trouble. Of course it can end up being a great thing to do, but in the beginning, watch out!

A kiss from a donkey, or even a hug from a tiger may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for doodlers like me, it seems to come with the work. It’s not that I enjoy being kissed by a donkey, as cute as they may be, or even go looking for tigers to hug, preferring rather to see them from a distance, but when you want to draw an animal, you sometimes have to get in close to the real thing.

I’ve had my adventures with my animal models. From borrowing a frog who turned out to be the most important frog at the university in my home town (and then losing him), or getting stuck in a field surrounded by two huge horses and one very big mule, or adventures with one crazy cat named Mouse who thinks he’s a dog, animals can be very interesting models.

Whatever animal you draw, or however you chose to draw it, just remember to keep it simple and don’t start with the details. With lots of patience, practise and a bit of silliness, you can do it too. Just don’t hug a tiger!

Best wishes

Werner

Be sure to check out Werner's latest book, At the Pond.


Awards

Deck the Halls: A Canadian Christmas Carol, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2019

Dashing Through the Snow, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2018

Pippin the Christmas Pig, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2017

Dashing Through the Snow, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2015

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Commended, Today’s Parent, 100 BEST Canadian kids’ books of all time, 2015

Dashing Through the Snow, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2014

Farmer Joe Baby-Sits, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2013

Farmer Joe Goes to the City, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2013

Henny Penny, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2013

Farmer Joe Baby-Sits, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2013

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Winner, Libris Awards - Children's Picture Book of the Year, 2011

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2011

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2011

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2011

Snow Day, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2007

Pippin the Christmas Pig, Winner, Mr. Christie's Book Award, 2004

Pippin the Christmas Pig, Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2004

Pippin the Christmas Pig, Short-listed, Ruth Schwartz Award, 2004

Pippin the Christmas Pig, Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 2004

Pippin the Christmas Pig, Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2003

Snow Day, Commended, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Great Books of the Year, 2001

Snow Day, Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 2000

Farmer Joe Baby-Sits, Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 1997

Farmer Joe Goes to the City, Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 1991

Farmer Joe's Hot Day, Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 1990

Books

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree
At the Pond
Deck the Halls: A Canadian Christmas Carol
Farmer Joe Baby-Sits
Farmer Joe Goes to the City
Farmer Joe's Hot Day
Henny Penny
Listen, Said the Donkey
Pippin the Christmas Pig
Snow Day

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