Born in China, Di Wu was
an editor and illustrator in one of the biggest Chinese
fine arts publishing companies before coming to Australia.
He won awards for the books he published in China and his
first Australian picture book, Rebel (with Allan
Baillie), was short-listed for CBC Picture Book of
the Year. He has since released Ali Baba (retold
by Jean Chapman) where his illustrations reflect the rich
and mysterious world of the Middle East with the use of
watercolour on traditional Chinese rice pape. Other titles
include Old Magic (with Allan Baillie)
and Grandpa's Mask, with text by Jing
Jing Guo who was the 1997 Victorian winner in the Nestle
Write Around Australia Program. More recently Di collaborated
with Jane Jolly to create Glass Tears and
2008 will see the release of Peacock Girl,
written by his daughter, Lily Wu, and co-illustrated with
his wife, Kathy Huang.
to students of various ages about his art work and the way in which
he uses his imagination to draw a picture from a story. He draws
as he talks, explaining to students the process of finding stories
from everyday life. Di is also known for his fabulous caricatures...
no student or teacher is safe!
Just a brief but very sincere thank you for organising the visit by Di Wu to
St Catherine of Siena P.S.
What a wonderful day! The children were thrilled to meet him, and have spoken
very highly about his original works shown and discussed in relation to his
published books... his gentleness... and his wonderful artistry displayed through
his speedy, though masterful, drawings and caricatures!!
He was so very accommodating! What a lovely, gentle man! It was a thrilling
- St Catherine of Siena P.S (NSW) Term 3 2008
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