Recent work: Chicken Newspaper’s Food issue

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Endangered animals: The Black Footed Ferret

character, children's books, idea, illustration, Ken Wilson-Max

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The black-footed ferret was Once thought to be globally extinct, but it is making a comeback. It is found in North America and for the last thirty years, people have worked hard to give black-footed ferrets a second chance for survival.
There are now nearly 1,000 animals across North America and of course there is much work to be done to make sure they not only survive, but thrive.

Good luck to the bandits of the prairies!

Chicken Newspaper, The Food Edition

african, children's books, design, idea, illustration, Ken Wilson-Max, kids, publishing

Chicken Food Edition copy

It’s taken a while to learn how to build a digital publication, longer than I thought, but it’s finally done. It will be available throughout January on the iBookstore, Amazon and on Issuu.

If you don’t know, Chicken Newspaper is a unique way to bring current affairs into the primary school classroom because it’s written and designed especially for them.

It is available in print and now digital three times a year.

I started the project because there are many stories that are good, but not books. They are more about how life is, or about what is happening elsewhere right now. These are the kind of stories that parents might discuss with children on the way to school, or that children might overhear, or they might be news stories that need further explaining.

Chicken Newspaper has become a great way to discuss the world. Take a look at a previous issue

We’ve managed to see pit free for schools for the last four years, but the realities of publishing means that is about to change. Still, subscription isn’t expensive (from £7.95 a year, which is roughly $10.00). ITs been an exciting and fulfilling project so far!

Word on the Street

african, design, illustration, North London

WATTAGWAAN

Whatagwaan?

This phrase is essential of you are travelling to or living in a West Indian neighbourhood .(that’s ‘neighorhood’ to all the Americans in the house). It means, ‘What’s going on?’ in the Marvin Gaye sense.

It has a few versions, namely Wa’ Gwaan, ‘Wa’pn’, and can be used in many situations. like the one illustrated below;

At the African Carribean market when buying your weekly supply of yams,

Shopkeep: Wha’ gwaan. You wan a yam?

You: Na, me no wan a wole yam.

Shopkeep: Ar-right

What’s happening?

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I’ve had great fun working on chicken! Newspaper for children these last two years. Not only is it gaining ground and making a difference to these who read it,  but it is also carving out a space in realm of media for children.

With each issue the vision we had of a newspaper for primary school children is becoming clearer.

So what’s it all about, I hear you ask? Here is a short introduction to my world:

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Children, community and sponsors

chicken! newspaper is published four times a year. Each issue has a theme and a featured letter. For the next issue (January 2016), the theme is PEACE and the letter is R.

You can Read chicken! issue 5, or better still we can send a copy of the printed Tabloid sized version in the post.

The newspaper is distributed to children mainly through schools, but also libraries, doctors’ surgeries, after-school clubs and day centres and anywhere where there are children.

The business part of chicken! Newspaper is based on partnership, as opposed to advertising and subscription. Partners is pre-buying copies of chicken! which we deliver to schools for free. It costs £90.00 (135 USD) to sponsor one class of 30 children).

Partners don’t always have to pay… They can write or suggest content, or introduce us to other potential partners and subscribers. All partners benefit by having their names featured on a dedicated page in the next issue and the chicken! newspaper website They also have a chance to connect with sponsored schools. We offer up to 50 free copies to schools for evaluation.

You can find out more on the chicken! website.

For sponsorship options on our website, click Sponsor

For subscription information, click Subscribe

Subscription includes four issues a year and various offers form our partners, like, for instance, discounts on trips to Lapland this Christmas, the chance to win books and and other merchandise throughout the year.
Feed their minds with chicken! (I thought of that all by myself)

 

H is for…

design, idea, illustration

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 ha-ha |ˈhɑːhɑː|noun

A ditch with a wall on its inner side below ground level, forming a boundary to a park or garden without interrupting the view.
ORIGIN- early 18th century: from French, said to be from the cry of surprise on suddenly encountering such an obstacle.

That’s funny… Hahaha!

Chicken Newspaper Summer 2104 Issue

Activities & Play, design, idea

We’ve invented a new job title. It echoes how we feel about the chicken newspaper project and tells all that this is more than just a project.

That title is Proud Publisher

Being the Proud Publisher of chicken! newspaper for children means that we have to deliver the best publication that we are able to assemble. Our pride is at stake!

The digital version of the chicken newspaper summer issue  is now live.

The printed issue is on its way and will be in schools in a few days.

There’s pride and excitement in our studio and no space for much else this weekend, so let me know of you like what you see.