A FOUR-legged alien whose canny camouflage makes him a hide-and-seek champ has bagged Megan Duncan top spot in our art contest.
To celebrate the launch of The Smeds And The Smoos, the most recent book from writer Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, we asked young readers to create their own alien.
Thousands sent in out-of-this-world designs and a Sun panel picked nine-year-old Megan’s character Zachs. She wrote that her alien “always wins” hide and seek because he can camouflage in “blue apple trees”. She added: “Julia Donaldson’s books are inspiring and really good.”
Megan, from Dundee, won a junior telescope and a star named after her. Runners-up Rudy Cooper, six, Caoimhe Parsons, ten, and Freya Anderson, nine, each won a signed, framed print from The Smeds And The Smoos and a signed copy of the book.
Julia said: “It’s great to see the inventiveness and humour in the children’s pictures. There are some amazing creations and I am delighted The Smeds And The Smoos has inspired children to get drawing. Perhaps they can try writing stories about their aliens too!”
Axel, who has worked with Julia since 1992, said: “I am happy so many children invented so many spectacular aliens. I hope they all keep drawing . . . and reading.”
Megan Duncan, nine, created Zachs, a four-legged alien who who can hide in “blue apple trees”. She said: “I drew Zachs like this because when I think of an alien that’s what I think of.”
Caoimhe Parsons, 10
Caoimhe, from Iver, Bucks, created the red-spotted Chicken Pox Alien. And she admitted: “I like all of Julia Donaldson’s books, so I can’t pick a favourite.”
Rudy Cooper, 6
Rudy from Aberdeen, drew a Wiga Woo Woo who “likes to eat cheese from the Moon and the Milky Way”. He said: “Julia Donaldson has a big imagination and I love the pictures and the rhymes.”
Freya Anderson, 9
Freya, from Inverurie, near Aberdeen, created alien Lulu from the planet ZingZong. She said: “I really like drawing and reading Julia’s books. And I really like singing and dancing, so Lulu sings out of her ears.”
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