Help choose Storybook Walk’s new character

It's time to add a new character to Aberfoyle Park's Thalassa Park Storybook Walk and you and your family get to help decide who it might be! The newest character will join Grug, the Dirty Dinosaur, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, and Storm Boy as well as a range of other iconic Aussie storybook characters.

It’s time to add a new character to Aberfoyle Park’s Thalassa Park Storybook Walk and you and your family get to help decide who it might be!

The newest character will join Grug, the Dirty Dinosaur, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, and Storm Boy as well as a range of other iconic Aussie storybook characters.

The Storybook Walk

Storybook Walk in Aberfoyle Park’s Thalassa Park was established in 2007 with the support of the Thalassa Park and Gardens Trust, and it aims to celebrate and raise the profile of Australian writers and poets and their works, by bringing characters from some of the best-loved children’s books to life.

In 2018, City of Onkaparinga celebrated the arrival of Grug, and in 2020 it welcomed the Dirty Dinosaur.

Now, the council wants your help to pick which character will join Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Storm Boy and the team in 2021!

Vote for your favourite character

There are three options to choose from at council’s Your Say page:

  • Esmerelda’s Nest, written by Robert Moore and illustrated by Mandy Foot (published by MidnightSun Publishing)
  • Fancy Pants, written by Kelly Hibbert and illustrated by Amanda Graham (published by Little Book Press)
  • Mama Ocean, written by Jane Jolly and illustrated by Sally Heinrich (published by MidnightSun Publishing)

You can listen to Onkaparinga Libraries staff members reading each story via the links above and once you know which one is your favourite, simply go to the voting poll and submit your vote!

fancy pants

esmereldas nest

mama ocean

Books are selected for potential inclusion at Storybook Walk after they meet strict criteria, including:

  • It’s an Australian work and/or it’s by an Australian author
  • It’s available for purchase from bookshops or borrowing from your library
  • It contains illustrations that can be translated into a 3D sculpture
  • Permission has been granted by the publisher to allow the characters to be transformed into a sculpture.

And the winner is

The story that receives the most votes before the poll closes on 15 February 2021 will be Storybook Walk’s new addition to be installed and unveiled next year.

What are you waiting for?

Cast your vote now!

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