Sunday, 18 January 2015


One of the best things about being a children's book illustrator is the hope of inspiring children with your work. It's a hope that shimmers behind the scenes of all children's books, I think. So when a kind parent or teacher is generous enough to send you images that their little one has created based on your artwork, it's like karmic pay day. The blood, sweat and tears which went into making the book become suddenly, magnificently, worthwhile.  

Can you guess where this is going? 

Before Christmas The Wonder was lucky enough to be reviewed alongside A F Harrold and Emily Gravett's marvellous new book The Imaginary on a fantastic blog called Playing By The Book. Playing by the Book is a beautiful blog written by the lovely Zoe Toft with help from her little ones, M and J. (If you read the 'about' section, they really are a family to fall in love with). And it seems that M and J were inspired to make their VERY OWN star-making machine, based on the artwork from The Wonder! How amazing is that! Below are some of the photos of their magical process. The whole thing makes me absolutely euphoric. You can see more photos and read the full review here

The artwork from the book...

Here's an example of M's beautiful and poetic recipe for stars...

Zoe provided some food for thought (yum!)

Star-making supplies...


A work in progress...

The star-making machine in all its glory! 
Isn't it fantastic!! (It's certainly the best star making machine I've ever seen). 

Next, a lovely lady called Irene King was kind enough to send me photos of the artwork her Year 1 class had made based on The Wonder. Aren't they fabulous!!!! 






The Daydreamer Boy was spoiled this Christmas with lovely reviews on Tne Guardian website, The Irish Independent, The Bookbag, The Hoopla, Parents in Touch and Kids Book Review. AMAZING!

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