BOOK LAUNCHED: Founding member of the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers Wendy Lawrence and illustrator Glen Vause with their award-winning book.
BOOK LAUNCHED: Founding member of the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers Wendy Lawrence and illustrator Glen Vause with their award-winning book. Contributed

Big Storm in literary world for book on our smallest owl

AN Alstonville author has won a prestigious award for her self-published children's book about Australia's smallest owl, the boobook owl.

Boo and the Big Storm was published last year by Wendy Lawrence, with illustrations by her neighbour and renowned local artist, Glen Vause.

Ms Lawrence said the book was more than 10 years in the making, and the pair collaborated for months on the final production.

But it seems their hard work is paying off.

At a gala awards night in Sydney earlier this month, Ms Lawrence and Mr Vause received a commendation at the 2013 Whitley Awards, which were announced by the Royal Zoological Society.

Awards are presented to "outstanding publications that contain a significant amount of information relating to the fauna of the Australasian region".

Ms Lawrence said she was "shocked and honoured" to receive an award for Boo and the Big Storm.

"For a self-published book, this is a huge honour," she said.

"I am just so pleased to be recognised by the Royal Zoological Society - as an animal carer myself; this is the exact thing I am looking for.

"To me, this award is worth so much, because it shows my book is valuable in terms of its information, and that it is realistic."



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