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Alumni author finds illustrator at HKIS

Since Derek Kwik ’86 launched his motivational book, ‘Kwik Fix’ in 2009, he has been considering his next publication, which we can tell you will be a children’s book.

Derek, Isabel and some sketches by Isabel that are
being prepared for the book

Derek takes up the story: “My children’s book project has been 18 months of researching children’s books, talking to parents and pulling inspiration from my favorite childhood books: ‘The Adventures of Tintin’, ‘Le Petit Prince’ and ‘Where The Wild Things Are’. Parallel to this, I have always wanted to find a meaningful project for the Alumni to work with HKIS students.”

Derek decided to ‘draw’ on the talent at HKIS to look for a suitable illustrator for the book. After a tough selection process of exceptionally gifted art students, Derek chose to work with Isabel Chun ’14.


The book will be an adventure story, told through Isabel’s illustrations depicting a boy, his dog and their journeys across the harsh terrains of the desert, ocean, jungle and mountains.

“The book aims to inspire kids about exploration, the value of friendship, caring for others and that there is only One Earth.And, just like my last book, the proceeds will, go to my charity of choice, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA),” adds Derek.

DragonTales will be sure to keep you updated on this exciting collaboration and we’ll let you know as soon as the book is on the shelves.

Source:  DragonTales Summer Edition 2011