Born two days before Christmas in 1963, David Legge has been making up for mingy Christmas/birthday presents ever since by winning as many awards as he can. His first picture book, Bamboozled, received the signal honour of being voted an Honour book in the 1995 CBC awards and won the KOALA and YABBA awards the following year. Children and adults alike love his sense of humour and brilliant use of colour.
Graduating as a Bachelor of Arts in 1986, David worked as an illustrator in London for 3 years before coming to live in Australia in 1989. He first achieved recognition with his book cover designs including the Nancy Drew series, Margaret Clark’s Hair-Raiser series and jackets for works by authors such as Lilith Norman, Victor Kelleher and Colin Thiele. Following the success of Bamboozled, which has now sold over 100,000 copies worldwide, David published Rise and Shine (1997), Tom Goes to Kindergarten (with Margaret Wild, 2000) and Baby Boomsticks (also with Margaret Wild, 2003).
David has also collaborated with author Frances Watts on four picture books. The first collaboration, Kisses for Daddy, became an Honour Book in the 2006 CBCA Book of the Year, Early Childhood category. Parsley Rabbit’s Book About Books won the 2008 CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books. Captain’s Crabclaw’s Crew (2009) and The Fearsome, Frightening, Ferocious Box are the most recent titles from this creative partnership.
David’s school visits are enormously popular. As one teacher said following his visit: ‘[The students] were completely engaged, impressed and awed … David was so refreshing a personality, a delightful person who touched many at a deeper level.’
Bamboozled Workshop – Based on my picturebook ‘Bamboozled’, I show students various ways to change the everyday into strange, humourous and surreal images. I then help them create their own ‘bamboozled’ room.
Creating Characters – Starting with basic stick figures,this workshop shows students how to draw people and heads and depict them in action. Students will learn how to sketch, draw and design your own character and given tips on how to give them personality.
Illustrating a text – Students are given a line or two of text to illustrate and we explore the different ways of depicting, interpreting and expanding on the text in their pictures.
Feedback from David’s school visits:
“Wonderful, relaxed sessions. David was great with all the different stages/ages of children. A great motivator to the children to write and draw.”
“Very positive – they thought his drawing ideas GREAT!”
“The teachers thoroughly enjoyed David’s sessions and thought that he provided some great ideas and engaged the children.”
“Just a note to say thank you very much for organising the visit of David Legge to St Kevin’s Eastwood. He was brilliant and a real source of inspiration. Children went back to class and wrote and drew responses to his visit. The information he imparted was done in such an engaging way for all student levels. His illustrations were a real hit with everyone! What a wonderful talent we have in David!”