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A competition run by an Isle of Wight Children’s author proved that you are never to old to enjoy colouring in!

Zoe Sadler received over 250 entries to her colouring in competition, with budding artists ranging from 4 years to 80 years old.

Younger entrants coloured in an image from Zoe’s Monster Messages project, while the older age categories were given a picture from Zoe’s latest book ‘Mysteries of the deep’, an underwater colouring-in and activity book.

“I was overwhelmed by the response to the competition, in particular from the many Island primary schools who got their students involved” says Zoe, who has been illustrating children’s books for over 10 years. “The other judges and I had a really hard time choosing the winners as the standard was so high. A lot of time and imagination went into those pictures!”

Winners entrants have their artwork framed and received copies of Zoe’s books and sets of colouring pencils.

The prize-giving was held at Waterstones bookshop in Newport. “We are always keen to support local authors”, says Manager Jonathan Greenwood. “Zoe’s competition was a perfect way to show to kids and their parents that there is some great Island talent within children’s books.”

Winners and Runners Up
Age 4-5

Winner: Martha Kendall
Runners Up: Gretel Langborne, Indi Cohen-Bird, Edward Ansell

Age 6-7

Winner: Claudia Summers
Runners Up: Nico Girven

Age 8-9

Winner: Sienna Cohen-Bird
Runners Up: Julia Blok, Ruby Marshall

Age 10-11

Winner: Poppy Marshall
Runners Up: Evie Thomas, Ryan Rodwell

Age 12+

Winner: Paul Marshall
Runners Up: Alyson Hosier, Mr Pieter G Joubert, Jessica Heng