|Image courtesy of Scottish Book Trust|
So what's it about? Polly will be bringing her latest book, Arthur's dream boat to life with the help of Long Nose Puppets - see them above - a touring company which she co-founded, and which comprises "a variety of charismatic hand-puppets, full body costumes and masks". Sounds great!
In my last post, I wrote about two picture books on penguins - a third I could very well have included is by Polly Dunbar. Penguin won several awards in 2007/8 and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal - it's also one of the other books that have been adapted by Long Nose. Coincidentally, while researching this post, I noticed that there is a lovely piece about Pink! by Lynne Rickards, one of the books I wrote about before (it's about Patrick, a pink penguin) on the SBT blog, specifically about creating the costumes for Pink! The Musical. Puppets are involved here too - the themes of the day: penguins and puppets!
Try your local library for books by Polly Dunbar or, if you are a member of the University of Strathclyde, there are several in the library catalogue there, including Arthur's dream boat.
PS 19/4/13 - juts noticed Polly Dunbar's article from yesterday on the Guardian's children's book site about the top 10 picture books that would make great puppet shows.