Wednesday, February 04, 2015

February Desktop Wallpaper Calendar

On the 4th day of this month I finally had some spare time to come up with my desktop wallpaper calendar! 
No arctic foxes here but the setting was inspired by my local beach, which has a chalk cliff at one end.
I hope I can do these more regularly again, since I'm now surrounded by inspiring nature!

For you to download to use as a desktop wallpaper calendar.
Please note that this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

Monday, February 02, 2015

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Irem from Turkey

Irem from Turkey and her granpda take her little brother to buy some sweets on the spice market...but he has gone missing! He turns up later in the story again, he got distracted by a pastry shop.
See more here.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Layla from India

Today it's Layla from India. She's fast asleep whilst her neighbour Suraj is trying out the new pencils she gave him...he's only 7 but he's worked all evening with his mum selling puffed rice outside the cinema hall. This story is part of my One Day book by Bloomsbury.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Hanif from Indonesia

It's Hanif from Indonesia here, he woke up early and wants to play cards with his sister because it's too wet to play outside. Steamy air is coming in through the window from the puddles outside.
Hanif's little story is part of One Day by Bloomsbury.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Mani from DR Congo

Today it's Mani from DR Congo! He, his mum and baby brother left their village and are now staying at his uncle's house. Mani misses his ducks and neighbours and selling sweets at the market.
Read more here: One Day - Around the World in 24 hours, by Bloomsbury

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Klara from Russia

Today it's Klara from Russia, one of my favourite parts of my Bloomsbury Book One Day.
Klara lives in a quiet village in Siberia. She just got off the Siberian Express with her father, they are visiting her aunt in Perm City. 

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Book Review - Slow Down Sidney

Our next review is of Slow Down Sidney, illustrated by one of Josie's favourite children's book illustrators: David Sim! He also did her favourite book so far, Bear Boar, and this one has the same retro style in primary colours and quick messy lines. 
It's part of a book series for toddlers by Campbell Books. 
The very messy and busy and carefree boy (a fox) Sidney gets overexcited and over active at his daily activities and this gets him into some trouble. Everytime something goes wrong, breaks or crashes the text goes Slow Down, Sidney, which I'm sure is great for older toddlers to shout out at him on each spread when they discover Sidney's accidents behind each flap. I love the one with the toothpaste squirted all over him and Josie loves seeing all the different brightly coloured animals racing on the scooters, which she calls Autos!

It ends very triumphal for Sidney at the school race, of course he wins it and there's no need to shout slow down Sidney, because sometimes, being fast is a good thing!
We are currently reading Time For Bed Tilly and there's Don't Do That Dexter and Be Quiet Bertha to check out as well.

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Bedtime in New Zealand

Bedtime in New Zealand...This one got changed into Australia and the girl looks slightly different in the actual One Day book. This one is one of my favourites though so I wanted to share it today as part of my daily advent calendar posts...this girl's parents run a Bed and Breakfast at the beach and some guests turned up late in the night and woke her up!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Society6 Holidaze - Day 1

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Irem from Turkey

Another advent calendar bedtime illustration from my book One Day - Around the world in 24 hours, published by Bloomsbury. This is Irem from Turkey, fast asleep after looking for her brother at the market. After 2 hours of searching Irem and her grandfather finally found him at the pastry shop! That was lucky! 

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Evie from England

A bedtime illustration from my book One Day - Around the world in 24 hours, published by Bloomsbury, written by Suma Din. This is Evie from England in this story about time zones, different cultures and day to day activities around the world. She loves football, 
lives in London and dreams about a special surprise that's taking place tomorrow.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Reza from Uzbekistan

It's Reza from Uzbekistan, another illustration from my book One Day - Around the world in 24 hours, published by Bloomsbury, written by Suma Din. 
Here, she's having tandoor for breakfast with green tea and clotted cream!

Friday, December 05, 2014

Toby from Canada

A cozy winter bedtime illustration from my book One Day - Around the world in 24 hours, published by Bloomsbury, written by Suma Din. This is Toby from Canada in this story about time zones, different cultures and day to day activities around the world. He loves ice hockey, Tintin Explorers on the Moon and lives in Quebec. 
He bought a souvenir at Collisee Pepsi today - can you spot it? 

I will try and share one of the many illustrations of this clever book each day of December as part of an online advent calendar!

Monday, December 01, 2014

New Work - Advent Calendar

Here's my advent calendar I made for leben+Erziehen magazine in Germany. It will feature in the magazine and online in various advent settings, with Christmas stories etc. 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New work - Wine Spectator

I illustrated a map of Amador County in California for Wine Spectator magazine, November issue, out now.

Book Review - Mein Kleiner Wald

This week we were reading the German book Mein kleiner Wald by Katrin Wiehle, winner of the Best German Book Design award 2013! Published by Beltz+Gelberg, It's a '100% Naturbuch', printed with natural inks on recycled paper, and the actual paper colour is textured beige. It's a sturdy board book with rounded edges and when I first stumbled across it on Katrin Wiehle's website it reminded me instantly of the vintage picture books from the 50s or 60s, particularly the type face which is all in capital letters. The style is very beautiful and minimal, very clean and uses only muted earthy colours. This book is part of a 4 part series and focuses on animals who live in the woods and their little adventures. The text is minimal too and manages to be both educational and engaging with a sweet storyline.
Josie loves pointing out the trees, the leaves and makes her usual animal noises for these more unusual ones -  badger, fox and squirrel, but altogether this book probably works best from age 2-3 upwards. What I particularly love about it is that it's like a special little handbook of nature that young children can take along, and use as a reference book to compare notes with what they've seen and found in the woods themselves, like pine cones, leaves and berries. 

The three other books of this series explore garden, pond and jungle, each of them showing a cute gang of animals who tell the story. We need to get the jungle one next! 

Saturday, November 08, 2014

New work - Hedgehog & Squirrel Quiz

I illustrated the autumn themed quiz page for Leben & Erziehen magazine in Germany, out now. It features hedgehog and squirrel in a race to accompany a story (can you guess what it's about?), plus a spot the difference quiz and a labyrinth:

Monday, November 03, 2014

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Book Review - What Do People Do All Day

I always thought Richard Scarry's books were for slightly older kids who can understand the whacky humour in his crazy stories with all the funny details...BUT to my surprise Josie finds his drawings hilarious and picked this book out of my own collection recently, and now wants to 'read' (i.e. point and babble) in it almost daily!
That's nice because the stories in this one are actually entertaining for adults (for me anyway), and there's so much to discover on each page. I think the reason his style is suited for younger kids as well is because the characters and scenes are mostly brightly coloured and set against a white background, so kids are drawn in easily, plus the characters are easily recognizable - J makes animal noises to some of them. I particularly like the humour, look at the mum who's shouting 'My little Huckle is drowning!'! Things you might not know about Richard Scarry are - he was born in the US but lived in Switzerland, where he died in 1994, and he has a son who illustrates in his fathers style under the name Huck Scarry!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Book Review - Mama Do You Love Me?

I think I bought this one because it was recommended in an article that was probably about attachment parenting. I remember reading that a psychologist keeps a copy of this book in her practice waiting room...I can see why! 
Written by Barbara Joosse and illustrated by Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee, published by Chronicle Books. It's a sweet story in an unusual setting about the unconditional love a mum has for her daughter, even if such ran away and sang with the wolves or turned into the meanest polar bear you ever saw! 
A strong message for both parent and child, a bit on the melancholic side or maybe that's just the dark northern setting and folky style of the artwork. Text wise it's for slightly older toddlers but J pulls this one out of her book box surprisingly often. She loves listening to the story which consists of mum/daughter dialogue only and laughs at the Nordic animals featured. Extremely beautiful artwork, lovely detail, and a bit of an educational insight into Inuit living. J loves pointing out the patterns of the dresses and the curious things in the sky!

By the way there's a follow-up one for the dads: Papa Do You Love Me, featuring a boy and his father in an African Massai setting.