A touch of shabby chic mixed with red, white and yellow décor set the perfect scene for Lynn Jenkins and Kirrili Lonergan to launch their new picture book, ‘Lessons of a LAC’ this morning.
Friends, family, colleagues, locals and strangers filled Lynn’s business space to hear how and why two picture book characters came to life.
‘Lessons of a LAC’ is a picture book 'resource tool' featuring two amazing creatures, Loppy and Curly, who help children understand anxiety.
After Lynn and Kirrili's book was written, edited, illustrated, printed and delivered (an 18 month long journey), they excitedly organised their book launch. The planning was evident instantly as you wandered around the room. The girls used the colours of Loppy and Curly to influence the theme. The attention to detail was incredible and the room looked magnificent.
Natasha Beyersdorf read the story as Kirrili and Lynn used puppets to act it out. The room was silent as every child was engaged and entertained throughout the performance.
After the formalities ended, I was roughly nudged out of the way as the race to the singing table began. The girls must have felt like movie starts as the line appeared, with each person holding a copy of their book under their arm. All the hard work of the last 18 months had led to this – a moment of pride and well-deserved public recognition.
Congratulations to Lynn for writing such a necessary picture book about anxiety for the very young in our society, in our families, and in our classrooms. You have people talking about a very serious topic. This conversation could lead to saving a child’s life.
Congratulations my beautiful friend, Kirrili! You are so passionate about children and you are so talented too. The whole world knows it now.
It has been a pleasure watching you work through the process of illustrating your first picture book. You are amazing. Enjoy the ride this book brings!