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Mealtime (Wild!)

by Courtney Dicmas (Author, Illustrator)

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Mealtimes can be wild, especially when animal babies are involved!

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Mealtimes can be wild, especially when animal babies are involved! Sometimes messy, often chaotic and always exhausting, they offer perfect bonding opportunities – of a kind! Courtney’s wacky style and eye for detail perfectly illustrate the fun, laughter and love shared each day in family life.

I believe that every person in the world has a superpower – something unique that can transform and uplift those around them.  Surprisingly enough, I think mine is drawing crocodile eyebrows.

I trained as a figure painter for four years at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, USA.  Afterwards, I moved to South Korea to teach English for three years, and traveled for another year to Thailand, China, Indonesia, Costa Rica, and northern Iraq. 

One sunny afternoon in Iraq, I was accepted on to the MA Children’s Book Illustration course at the Cambridge School of Art.  I moved to England in 2011, and halfway through the MA course, published my first picture book, Harold Finds A Voice, which was shortlisted in the UK for the 2014 Waterstones Book Prize.  Three more books have followed since then, The Great Googly MooglyLemur Dreamer and Home Tweet Home.

I moved back to Wisconsin from England to join the Graphic Design and Illustration teaching department at Madison Area Technical College.   You can find me most days in the Drawing Studio with charcoal fingerprints on my forehead.  I do my best work at a drawing desk called Henry, with a snuffling spaniel, Charlie, at my feet.