Mad Hatter Challenge

The Mad Hatter Challenge started as an initiative within our illustrators' critique group


During the months of May and June, our illustrators have been busy working on a group challenge coordinated by SCBWI Israel Illustrator Coordinator Shirley Waisman:


  • Draw the Mad Hatter scene from Alice in Wonderland. Let your imagination run wild! Then, get feedback from other group members, and add the finished illustration to your portfolio.


We also included a special author challenge:

  • Create a rhyming lullaby based on the lullaby in the Mad Hatter scene from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ... OR...
  • The Mad Hatter asks Alice "How is a raven like a writing desk?" He doesn't have an answer. But YOU might! Pick two random things (cars and chocolate; guitars and snails; go wild with it!) and tell us in under 100 words why they're alike.


Here are some of the results so far...

Mad Hatter Illustrator Entries

Rani Bar-Segev

Shirley Waisman

Iris Biran

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Shell


Twinkle, twinkle little shell

How I wonder whence you fell

Rolling over in the sea

Which mollusk had set you free

Twinkle, twinkle little shell

How I wonder whence you fell


Twinkle, twinkle little shell

How I hear the ocean well

Spiral shaped you were a home

Once below the briny foam

Twinkle, twinkle little shell

How I wonder whence you fell


If you feel inspired to create a poem of your own, email it to israel@scbwi.org and we'll include it on this page!!