The Reading Agency Presents: Sheena Dempsey

Join Sheena Dempsey as she sweeps us away into a world of creativity and fun with an immersive draw-along and a storybuilding activity.

Yellow graphic that reads, 'The Reading Agency presents... Sheena Dempsey; Create your own Comic'. On the left, a photo of author of Sheena Dempsey, on the right, the book cover of 'Pablo and Splash'.

Length: 60 minutes
Suitable for children aged 7-11
27 March, 10am-11am

About Pablo and Splash
Join time-travelling penguins Pablo and Splash on an unexpected adventure to the time of the dinosaurs in this brilliantly funny full-colour graphic novel. Perfect for fans of Bunny vs Monkey and Bumble and Snug.

Antarctic penguins Pablo and Splash are polar opposites and besties for life. Pablo is a home-bird and a careful planner. Splash is easily bored and hungry for adventure. Sick to her flippers of the harsh, freezing weather, Splash persuades Pablo to go on a holiday with her. But far from the luxury beach destination that Splash has in mind, the pair end up in a time-travel machine that takes them back to the age of the dinosaurs! Suddenly their icy homeland doesn’t seem so dull…

As a graphic novel, Pablo and Splash is perfect for capturing less confident readers, and Sheena’s journey into the world of illustration shows the audience how fun books really can be.

As well as a reading from the book, Sheena will be leading a draw-along, showing you how you can build your own story and answering your burning questions!

About Sheena Dempsey
Sheena Dempsey is an illustrator whose books have won several awards including the Sheffield Book Awards for Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton and Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Award for Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow. She has also been shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award. The graphic novel Pablo and Splash is Sheena’s first work as author and illustrator. It grew out of a web-comic she created during the pandemic lockdowns that featured her and her husband as penguins! Sheena was born in Cork, Ireland, but now lives in Folkestone, Kent.

Find out more here about Sheena
Connect on Twitter (@SheenaDempsey)
Connect on Instagram: (sheenadempsey)

There will be time at the end for questions from the audience so do pop your burning questions into the Q&A chat box. You can also send your questions in advance by emailing [email protected].

This free event will take place via Zoom webinar and teachers and school librarians will be sent a link to join in their confirmation email. Whilst the event will be interactive, children will not be able to speak directly to each other or the presenters. At the end of the event, children will have the opportunity to ask questions via their teacher/librarian. Participants’ cameras and microphones will be turned off for this event.

If you have any questions, please get in touch at [email protected].

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