By Melissa Sheil
PUBLISHED illustrator is not a title young people can often claim, yet Kalamunda student Zara Hoffman has been able to call herself one since the age of nine, with her first illustrations being released late last year in the children’s book I Love You More.
Now aged ten and in Year 5 at Mary’s Mount Primary School in Gooseberry Hill, Zara is proud of her work and hopes to have another chance to draw for a book in the future.
“I am really excited and happy that I got this opportunity, and I am really very lucky,” she said.
“I would love to do something like this again.
“It wasn’t easy, but it was a lot of fun and I love drawing because there are no rules, you can do it out of your imagination using your own creativity.”
Zara was looking forward to the live reading of her book with the books author Ash Bisdee, set to take place at her school this Saturday, which has now been postponed due to COVID-19 related restrictions.
“I was looking forward to it because I think my friends and family and teachers would be there but its ok because we can just do it later,” she said.
Ash Bisdee says she is very proud of Zara’s work and determination.
“Zara worked incredibly hard to bring her own sense of creativity and perspective to each illustration – I kept reminding her I wasn’t looking for perfection, I wanted authentic art, created by a child,” she said.
“It was an absolute delight sharing this journey with her.”
Coming with commendation by Maggie Dent, I Love You More is a charming tale about the love between a parent and their child, accompanied by Zara’s carefully drawn parade of animals that stand at all shapes and sizes.