Author talk | Clotilde Perrin with Sarah Wilkins

10:30 am
11:15 am
Unity Books Wellington
57 Willis Street

Unity Books, Gecko Press, Embassy of France, Alliance Francaise and Institut Francais warmly invite you to hear CLOTILDE PERRIN Award-winning French author/illustrator of Inside The Villains in conversation with Wellington illustrator Sarah Wilkins. Join these talented artists for a talk spanning the imaginative and the technical – not to be missed for all illustrators, designers and curious adults. This event is part of the Embassy of France’s Les Petits Kiwis / Reading Kiwis Festival in partnership with Gecko Press, Alliance Francaise and Institut Francais.

ABOUT THE BOOK Lift the flaps to see the devilish tricks inside each villain’s head, what’s beneath their disguise, who was the victim of their last meal (now comfortably settled inside their stomach!). Read all about each villain on their personality card, which shows strengths and weaknesses, favourite pastimes, physical characteristics, their best meal and—of course—their favourite books. This exquisitely produced book is like no other: a celebration of story that’s full of humour and detail, to mesmerise readers of all ages. Best 50 Kids Books 2018, The Listener

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Clotilde Perrin is the award-winning author and illustrator of over thirty books for children including Inside the Villains, a lift-the-flaps book that literally takes the reader inside the most famous fairytale villains: the wolf, the witch and the giant. The book was a sensation on its release in Europe –selling over tens of thousands in only a few months –and the English edition was released by Gecko Press in October 2018.Perrin says the idea for her book came from a film about a couple who had their memories erased, giving her the idea of going right inside a character’s head and heart:“To make this book, I read and re-read an astronomical number of tales: Grimm, Perrault, Andersen, the Russian tales. I wanted my characters to be accurate and to know them better. I hulled the characters, I sought their neuroses, their anxieties, their fears, as if they were patients to be treated.”