HER FIRST BOOK.
Dorothy Wall—Artist and
Probably one of life's most exciting moments comes to the young authoress signing her first contract for the publication of her work, and this thrill has just been experienced by Mrs. Badgery (Dorothy Wall) who last week put her signature to a contract with Methuen and Co., London, for the publication of a children's book, "Ginger Pop and the Bees." The book, which is purely Australian in theme, tells of the life of the bees and facts about their habits in the form of a fairy story. Ginger Pop is a gnome who takes Susie through the hives explaining their wonders to the little girl. The story is profusely illustrated in water-colour, sepia and line sketches by Miss
The author-artist is at present engaged in a series of children's illustrated books, the first of which, "Blinkie Bill," will be pub- lished for Christmas by Messrs. Angus and Robertson. She has also done the illustrations for another book, "Jacko, the Broadcasting Kookaburra," by Dr Brooke-Nicholls, to be published next week.
"Blinky Bill," the Koala, and his mother in sad circumstances, as sketched by the