Featured Illustration – ‘Wendy Felt Like a Star’ by Gus Gordon

This week, our featured illustration stars an adventure seeking chicken from the action packed ‘Wendy’ by Gus Gordon.

'Wendy Felt Like a Star' by Gus Gordon from his book, 'Wendy' (Penguin Australia).  Giclee print from the original watercolour, acrylic, collage, crayon and pencil on watercolour paper.  Print price $250

‘Wendy Felt Like a Star’ by Gus Gordon from his book, ‘Wendy’ (Penguin Australia). Giclee print from the original watercolour, acrylic, collage, crayon and pencil on watercolour paper. Print price $250

Gus Gordon wrote and illustrated this very funny story about a chicken who dreams of a bigger, higher-octane life than she can find in the farmyard.  A tightrope incident (which we almost see in our featured illustration, ‘Wendy Felt Like a Star’, above) sees Wendy land in hospital, from where she manages to land a gig as a Motorcycle Stunt Chicken (naturally).  She soars, literally, to fame and gets to live every dream she’s ever had, but the pressure of celebrity pushes her almost to cracking point, and she has to choose between zooming over buses or returning to her family in the farmyard.

What’s lovely about the illustrations is that while they are fresh and cartoony on the surface, there are plenty of background jokes and details to seek out and find, like the ads and billboards at the showground or the notes on the end of the hospital beds, or the way sepia photos are scattered throughout the book.

If you would like to see up close why ‘Wendy Felt Like a Star’, drop by the Front Office the next time you’re heading down the path.  And if you would like to order a print for yourself or a loved one, please complete our order form and return it to the Front Office.

(If you missed our previous feature, check out B is for Bravo by Kevin Burgemeestre)