Echidna: Mother of All Monsters

Another college project over! This time we had to come up with an idea for a picture book, create a full storyboard for it and work up a couple of double page spreads to a finished level.

I came up with the idea for my story when I watched a BBC documentary about weird animals and Googled the echidna in a moment of intrigue/procrastination. The echidna, I learned, takes its name from a creature in Greek mythology that was nicknamed the “Mother of All Monsters”. That’s a bit harsh, I thought. Echidnas are weird but they aren’t monstrous!

So I wrote a stupid little story about an echidna who is all alone – she can’t find any other animal like her to be friends with! The reptiles aren’t like her because although she lays eggs, she isn’t cold blooded. The other mammals aren’t like her because although she’s warm blooded, she lays eggs like a reptile! She thinks she must just be a monster. So she looks herself up and finds that she’s right – she IS the ‘Mother of All Monsters’! She figures then that she can create her own friends – monsters, like her. But the monsters of Greek myth don’t make good friends, so she finds herself all alone again. She isn’t a monster, either. Will she ever find anybody like her? She walks and walks, all alone, until she bumps into… a duck-billed platypus! He’s a freaky monotreme just like her, so they make friends and live happily ever after.

Okay, so I’ll never be a great children’s author. Haha. Anyway, here are my final illustrations from the book for college:


Hopefully before the exhibition I can finish the whole book and make a little mock-up to show people.

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