Paint with Magic by Sandi Wooton

Paint With Magic

About Paint with Magic

When a child paints an octopus with magic paints, the octopus comes alive and offers advice on how to complete the painting. As the story (and painting!) unfolds, all the marine animals are alive... until the paint dries. Paint with Magic is beautifully illustrated by Pat Kan. It is a humorous fantasy tale with a wide cast of characters, including an outrageous octopus, an aspiring artist and a multitude of sea creatures. Paint with Magic focuses on the themes of art and inspiration, creativity and fun. It is written in rhyming text – the language has a comical, Dr Seuss appeal that children of all ages will enjoy. The story highlights some of the animals inhabiting ocean environments and would complement the study of marine life at primary school level. Paint with Magic placed 3rd in the Picture Books-Primary School Category of the 2007 Brisbane Writers Festival CYA Conference, Writing & Illustrating Competition.

Paint with Magic has been published (twice) as a poem in The NSW School Magazine.

Author Biography

Sandi lives and works in Wollongong, New South Wales. When work commitments allow, she writes poetry and prose for adults and children. Science fiction and fantasy are special interests, and many of her stories explore themes within these genres. From 2008 to 2012, she served as Treasurer of the Illawarra-South Coast Sub-Branch of the Children’s Book Council (CBCA). Passionate about children’s literature, Sandi regularly contributes to The NSW School Magazine. Paint with Magic is Sandi’s first picture book.

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Published works

2017 – Cosmos (collection of poems). NSW School Magazine (various issues)

2016 – Paint with Magic (poem - reprinted). The School Magazine 2015 – Checkout (short story). Short and Twisted: Stories and Poems with a Twist, Celapene Press 2014 – A Thief in the Forest (poem). NSW School Magazine 2013 – Weatherbound (poem). NSW School Magazine 2012 – The Librarian (short story). NSW School Magazine 2010 – Paint with Magic (poem). The School Magazine


2010 – CYA Conference Children’s & Young Adults Writers and Illustrator’s Contest. Chapter Book Category: 2nd place

2010 – Nairda Lyne Award (Fellowship of Australian Writers Tasmania ): 1st place

2009 – Nairda Lyne Award (Fellowship of Australian Writers Tasmania): Highly Commended entry

2008 – Ipswich Festival of Children’s Literature Writing for Children Competition: Short-listed picture book

2007 – CYA Conference Children’s & Young Adults Writers and Illustrator’s Contest. Picture Book Category: 3rd place

Book Category: Picture Book

Book Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

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Posted on June 19, 2019