Winning artworks and great entries from our create your own alien competition

Winning artworks and great entries from our create your own alien competition

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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 of kids sent in their great designs, inspired by the characters in Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s new book

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.”

The Winner!

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.”

Megan, from Dundee, won a junior telescope and a star named after her
Paul Reid
Megan created a four-legged alien called Zachs

The Runners-up!

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.”

Caoimhe  created the red-spotted Chicken Pox Alien
Caoimhe, 10, from Iver, Bucks, says she likes all of Julia’s books and ‘can’t pick a favourite’
© Ric Mellis Productions 2019

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.”

Rudy’s Wiga Woo Woo ‘likes to eat cheese from the Moon and the Milky Way’
Rudy loves the pictures and rhymes in Julia’s books
Paul Reid

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.”

The nine-year-old drew a Lulu alien from the Zing Zong planet
Freya enjoys drawing and reading Julia’s books
Paul Reid

Some of the other great entries

 Finlay Tristram’s alien


Emily Pietruk’s creation
Maddie Belcher’s creature


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