'Late one night, Felix heard a thousand giants march across the sky and the round, silver moon went into hiding.'

Alone in his room, Felix is frightened - he imagines he can hear giants gathering on the rooftop. As a wild storm thunders through the night, Felix turns to his trusty torch, creating strong, brave shadow creatures who can keep him company and protect him from the ferocity of the wind and rain.

One by one, frolicking creatures crowd Felix's bedroom. With his shadow friends impatient to play in the night, Felix must decide whether to stay, alone, or venture out shoulder to shoulder with his friends and confront his fears.

From award-winning author Emma Allen and illustrated by Sher Rill Ng comes a story of adventure, imagination and bravery, inspired by traditional shadow puppetry.

Cover design by Stan Lamond
Emma wrote a beautifully poetic story of a young child afraid of the storm, who then conjures up some shadow friends to play with. These friends were to be based on the shadow puppets in the National Library of Australia's collection, and were a perfect starting point for researching how the young protagonist might begin to create and interact with them.
Concepts for the child (yet to be named)
Attempting to simplify the intricately patterned puppets.
Initial thumbnail storyboards:
Refinement of the story and style:
Finals:

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