by Katrina Roe
Illustrated by Jemima Trappel
How do we see past differences when they’re scary?
Katrina Roe’s first two picture books, Marty’s Nut-free Party and Emily Eases her Wheezes, both tackled the subject of children overcoming problems that made them seem different from other kids.
Her latest book, ‘Same’, continues with this theme, although this time it’s little Ivy who’s scared of her Uncle Charlie because he’s different.
‘Same’ deals with the theme of using common ground to overcome fear and see past differences. It’s based on the true story of how a little girl responded to her uncle, who has cerebral palsy. While her initial reaction was one of fear, the simple act of drawing a picture led to her accepting him as a person and realising he wasn’t so different after all.
In this book Katrina has teamed up with illustrator Jemima Trappel. A Sydney-based artist, ‘Same’ is the first book that Jemima has illustrated for Wombat Books.
‘I think Katrina's text has captured the essence of the situation well and it has been a delight to illustrate it,’ she said.
‘Before I started work on the illustrations for ‘Same’, Katrina invited me over and introduced me to Charlie. I took some photos and developed sketches from them. I kept the illustrated character pretty close to the original, so much so that when Katrina saw the preliminary page layouts she said, “There's a lot of Charlie in there!” I hope the pictures bring a smile to Charlie's face when he sees them.’