... aspiring/ brilliant/ talented/ (cheap) illustrators who might be interested in illustrating some children's books with a Malay theme???So if there is anyone out there who is interested please let me know (either in the comments below or by email sharonbakar at yahoo dot com, or via Facebook) and I will pass the info on to Lansell.
The books are geared to 9-11 year olds, 3000 words, each book has about 40 pages with illustrations on at least every second page.
What are they about? Maybe citing the 'intro' might give a clue.
THE RAJA RAJAWALI BOOKS
In days when dragons flew and every day was magic, a peaceful and prosperous Malay Sultanate held sway on the beautiful island of Sukahati in the Straits of Melaka.
In those days there were many small Malay sultanates in South East Asia. Most were ruled by Sultans, but Sukahati, being one of the smallest, was ruled by a Raja. The Raja of the Sultanate of Sukahati had a grand title: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Raja Rashid Abdullah Johari Ahmad Wuji Adil Luqman Ibrahim.
His people called him Raja Rajawali.
Raja Rajawali was a noble and brave Sultan, even if he was sometimes a little bit of a bumbler. Most importantly, his people loved him, and when he was needed, he was always there to protect them.
Follow the adventures of Raja Rajawali, Princess Sinara, the beautiful princess who loved Raja Rajawali, Garuda, Raja Rajawali’s cantankerous royal elephant, Bengis Khan, a troublesome nobleman, and many many more wonderful characters in the Raja Rajawali books.
I had a few similar books published in Oz some years ago and had a brilliant illustrator. He is keen to do these, but I would prefer someone with an understanding of 'being Malay' - silat, songket, malay courts etc....
And I know at least one other writer looking for the same ...
Incidentally, you can find this article by Lansell in MPH's current Quill magazine.