I've been busy, and forgetful
It’s odd how forgetful I am sometimes. I work on a book’s illustrations for months, pore over the proofs for colour-matching, and sigh with relief once it’s all sent off to the printers. Job done! Then I get all excited about the next job and get lost in that world. It’s great getting the actual book some months later – love opening those boxes! – but I’ve done the work, part of my brain says. Throw in lockdowns and a stint in quarantine (which I fully support, but can’t say I like, even as a hermit!) and I sometimes let things slip my mind. Like two new books with Ford Street Publishing! So, abject apologies to authors Kylie Covark and Ben Long for not featuring either of them yet! Firstly, Kylie’s Float or Sink? A rollicking rhyme with a marvellous menagerie of impetuous invertebrates. (Alarming alliteration!) Kylie’s fun-filled story was a hoot to illustrate (see some of the pics in Children’s Books) and is an irresistible read-out-loud and read-along book for kids. Just wait for the shouted response to “What do you think?” I’ve tried it out, and it works every time! Grab a copy, and have a chuckle. Ben’s Good Night, Ivy Bright is also a poem, but couldn’t be more different. Dreamy, magical, it takes you away on an incredible flight of imagination. It was quite a challenge to illustrate (see again, in Children’s Books). When the options are endless, the trick is creating images that present a coherent story to match the text, whilst at the same time trying to find completely original and unexpected dreamscapes. Ivy’s search for colours links the narrative. I needed to find little objects or characters that would likewise link the story visually. Otherwise it just becomes a chaotic mass of unrelated ideas. I hope I got it right. At least the real Ivy liked it. Buy a copy or ten and decide for yourself! There’s more stuff happening, but I’ll save that for the next news item, which won’t take months this time. Stay safe!