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Do we really have to be what others think we should be?  This girl is on a mission - to make the wolf be like all real wolves are 'supposed' to be.

What Are You Supposed to Be? 

written and illustrated by Paul Beavis

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Photo: Scholastic

Paul Beavis graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art, London, in 1993. After that he worked in children’s animation making cartoons for the BBC and Channel 4. From 1999 he began working as web designer/creative and worked for a variety of companies thinking up ideas, designing, and writing copy.

In 2002 he started submitting stories to children's publishers, though none were successful. Paul moved to Wellington, New Zealand, in 2012. His stories and picture book ideas continued to be rejected until June 2013 when Gecko Press agreed to publish Mrs Mo's Monster, which later went onto win the 2015 LIANZA Russell Clark Award for Illustration. Paul now writes and illustrates full-time – mostly for Scholastic NZ.

What are You Supposed to Be?  is a humorous little story which plays out on top of a hill between a rather bossy girl and a peculiar looking wolf. Told entirely in dialogue, the text is as stripped back as the illustrations, but through simplicity my hope is that the story resonates with the reader, leaving plenty of room for deeper questions on friendship, being yourself and understanding differences, while adding a few choice phrases which kids will have fun repeating - Paul

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Photo: Dunedin Writers' Festival

Here is a fun interview with Paul Beavis