Ripper and Roary: Piara Waters Primary student Yoshna Naidoo (10) becomes published author


Yoshna Naidoo (right) with sister Talia Naidoo and Sean Avery.
Yoshna Naidoo (right) with sister Talia Naidoo and Sean Avery.

AT age 10, Piara Waters Primary School student Yoshna Naidoo has become one of the City of Armadale’s youngest published authors, penning a new children’s book printed and distributed by the City.

Yoshna was the winner of the Ripper and Roary picture book story competition which was a project sparked by the imagination of writer-illustrator and local primary school teacher Sean Avery.

The author and illustrator of All Monkeys Love Bananas and Harold and Grace was commissioned by the City earlier in the year to design mascots for the libraries’ literacy programs,Year One Ripper Readers and Pre-Primary Ripper Nippers.

After realising he’d become attached to the two adventurous dinosaur mascots he had created, Mr Avery offered to illustrate them as part of a City-wide writing competition for years 5 and 6 students.

Yoshna’s story Roary’s Lost Books was chosen from dozens of entries and Mr Avery set about illustrating the adventure of two book-loving dinosaurs on a hunt for lost library books.

With a limited edition of the books recently printed by the City, Mr Avery and Yoshna met for the first time last week to celebrate the result of their collaboration and participate in book signings.

The books will make their way to all City libraries, primary school libraries and as a giveaway during Children’s Book Week activities in August.