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Kay Morrison and Elizabeth Kent

Kay Morrison has teamed up with Elizabeth Kent to publish their first picture book – The Prickly Princess and the Pixies. The inspiration came from Liz’s beautiful garden with its native flora and fauna. The Giant Prickly Stick Insect is the main character of the book and was spotted by Liz in her garden. Amazed at this insect, Kay said ‘We thought it would be a good idea to share the factual information on this insect using fantasy.’

Kay wrote the story, and Liz added to the story with her illustrations. They found the collaborate which consistent of back and forth emails and phone conversations, was a natural extension of their friendship.

Kay has been writing since she was a child. ‘I have written many short stories, poems, and both adult and children’s play scripts. I have had some of these published in anthologies and have directed many of the plays that I have written,’ said Kay.

This has been Liz’s first illustrated book. However, she has had considerable experience in all sorts of arts and crafts. As a child, Liz was keen to do a Commercial Artists course but being one of eight children, Liz’s Mum could not justify the expense. Liz especially likes working with watercolours as they are very transportable, and you can take them with you when you are travelling.

I asked Kay – What Next? ‘The next book will be a continuation of the Prickly Princess and her new life in the beautiful garden. In the next adventure, she meets the three Forest Fairy Princesses who invite her to attend the Fireflies Festival.’

The Prickly Princess and the Pixies

Book Review by Wendy Haynes

The Prickly Princess and the Pixies by Kay Morrison, Illustrator Elizabeth Kent RRP $12 ISBN 978-0-646-80454-5 Available [email protected]

This story is about the Giant Prickly Stick Insect and how one day she gets lost in a garden far away. The author delves into the feeling of acceptance and belonging; and without it, how lonely it can feel.  The story has a lightness to it with the illustrator Elizabeth Kent bringing hues of earthy colour to the story. The reader and listener alike can have fun trying to find the sometimes-camouflaged Giant Prickly Stick Insect.

 The Giant Prickly Stick Insect explores the garden where she meets a Willie Wagtail, and a Toc Frog who don’t want to know her at all. Her sadness grows until she meets the Pixies, where she is eventually welcomed.

‘Using nature – and what lives within it is a wonderful way to educate children along with the magic of Pixies.’