Daughter is greatest editor, says author

Children’s book author Danny Parker with his daughter Abi (9).Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d442568
Children’s book author Danny Parker with his daughter Abi (9).Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d442568

�Abi is a great editor, she�ll say things like �is that supposed to be funny?� he said.

Parker launched his series of four books Lola�s Toy Box at Perth College last month.

The books are suited to students from years 1 to 3 and tell the story of a young girl who discovered an old toy box that takes her to another world where toys come to life.

Parker is the drama director at Hale School.

His first picture book Tree was nominated for a WA Premier�s Literacy Award in 2012 and Parachute was shortlisted for the Children�s Book Council�s 2014 Picture Book of the Year award.

Parker said it was important to encourage imagination in young children.

�It teaches them flexibility and to apply themselves to different challenges,� he said.

�The imaginary challenges in the book mirror real life challenges.

�It�s the first novel for many of them, and that�s a real honour.�