Tuesday, 17 March 2015

My World Book Day 2015 at the Oxford Gardens Primary School

As you might know, on the 5th March, I went at the Oxford Gardens Primary School in West London for the World Book Day 2015. I had a splendid day and a fantastic experience!


Supported by the precious help of the lovely teachers, I met almost 150 children in the Reception, Year One and Year Two. 
My day started in the early morning, after a brief video introduction about myself, we enjoyed reading my book “The Really Abominable Snowman” and we tried to draw all together characters and cupcakes! 
I ended up in the afternoon signing and dedicating copies of my book for those who wished to take at home a memory of the day.
Children were wonderful, affectionate, curious and absolutely brilliant! Teachers were kind, supportive and caring. Everyone welcomed me warmly and it was a funny and successful day.



I prepared 2 workshops: one simpler for younger pupils and another one a little harder for the most grown up kids. 

  • The first creative activity, taught “How to Draw a Cupcake”. Afterwards, children also tried to create their own cupcakes with crazy ingredients! 
  • The second workshop taught “How to Draw Milo”, My Really Abominable Snowman. After that, I asked to the kids to draw their own “Misunderstood Creature”, trying also to describe the personality of their creation too.





Children were smart, talented and delicious! They did an enchanting job! Have a look! 

These are the some of the exquisite Cupcakes they have drawn.




.. and these are some of the spectacular Milo's Drawings.


 







.. Finally some "Misunderstood Creatures"
Here you can see a Monster with three eyes, a Giraffe and a Penguin :)



I cannot describe more how funny and positive day had been. 

I want to Thank you very much 
everyone at the Oxford Gardens Primary School for the amazing opportunity, 
all the pupils and the parents who were absolutely brilliant 
and Walker Books for organizing everything so well!

Thank You so much :)


Thursday, 5 February 2015

DROP - The Card Game - Use Water Wisely!

I'm delighted to introduce you DROP!
The Card Game designed by Kaleidos Games - Spartaco Albertarelli
and Illustrated by myself  :)
Turn each card over and collect tips on how to conserve and use water wisely!
Watch out when the monster card appears.. in this case you'll loose points!
DROP is part of an European Project to promote the right use of the Water.
Find more informations here: SMART H2o










Sunday, 14 December 2014

Have a Wonderful Christmas!

CELEBRATIONS!

has been picked up by The Guardian \ The Observer 
as one of the Best Picture Books for Christmas 2014 !! I am Over the Moon :_)


Thank You and Merry Xmas to All !




Monday, 13 October 2014

Welcome to my Blog


My name is Valentina Mendicino, I'm an italian illustrator based in London. 
Here you can have a look at my drawings and share with me thoughts of my life. Enjoy.



My Totem


Stickers & EndPapers

Friday, 10 October 2014