Crusty Aussie stories transformed

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Author Rob Talbot has published his first children’s book ‘The Story of Goldie Owl and The Three Wombats’Picture: JULIE HOUGH WHEN Rob Talbot’s children were young, he spent hours on his typewriter, fashioning stories of owls and wombatsfor his little ones.

He hand-stapled the books and read to them until the pages thinned and the cover was crusted with dirt.

He was determined to read them meaningful stories.

His book The Story of Goldie Owl and the Three Wombatsis based on the Goldilocks story, but traditional Aussie animals takethe parts of the characters.

Now Mr Talbot has published his story to share with other children across the region.

He said it all started with him beingread to as a child – something that has changed his life for the better.

“I still read the books to my grandchildren and I really wanted to make a proper copy for them,” he said.

“In a simple way, I want to promote communication with adults and children and make them laugh along the way.”

While Mr Talbot drew the original illustrations, he has enlisted the help of one of his driving students for this project.

“I taught (Sol Collins) driving and she was going through a lot,” he said.

“She had health problems so couldn’t drive or get to town, so I would help her out and as a token ofthanks, she would draw me a picture.

“I treasured them so much and that’s how we came to do the books together.”

He said ultimately, it was all about education.

“I got into script writingand freelance journalism and all that came from me being read to as a child,” Mr Talbot said.

“That’s what I’m hoping others can now do.”

Mr Talbot will now work on publishing the sequel The Three Little Owls and the Big Bad Dingo.

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