Mostly Books and Mice

April 7, 2009 by  
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Last Saturday I whizzed over to Abingdon to talk about mice (and draw them, of course) at Mostly Books. This is a lovely independent bookshop, and if you’re ever passing near Oxford, it’s just down the road and well worth a visit.

We held a competition for the best mouse creation, and there were two winners: a splendid Dragon Mouse picked up the prize for the best drawing, and a terrific Scissor Mouse won for best story. (Of course, the Scissor Mouse doesn’t chew its food, it cuts it up into tiny pieces before swallowing.)

And seeing as I was so near Oxford, I then zipped along to meet Kate Brown, one of the DFC artists, to pick up some work for the exhibition. I somehow managed to avoid all the excitement of the Oxford Literary Festival while I was there, but these things can’t be helped.

And while I’m on the theme of festivals, our very own Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival has been mentioned on the Bookseller website. It’s brilliant to get a mention. Just a few weeks to go now too, and the badges/T-shirts/leaflets are all on order.

As you can tell, I’m already excited at the prospect of a day of Children’s Books in Crystal Palace.

A touch of Manga Shakespeare

March 31, 2009 by  
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I’ve been looking through the terrific Manga Shakespeare books – we’ve got Othello and Julius Caesar at home – and I’m so impressed. The Caesar, illustrated by Mustashrik is particularly cool.

Of the many other titles available, the other that really stands out is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Illustrated by the hugely talented Kate Brown, who some of you might also know from the sadly now defunct DFC. (Check out her comic online here!)

I do owe the DFC a full post, as so much good has come out of it. But many of the brilliant writers and illustrators are heading to Crystal Palace for our book festival, so I’ll do a proper round-up then.

And as a side note, anyone searching for The Mousehunter will likely have seen that my site got hacked recently. Some very dodgy/nasty stuff was added to the code, and because of it the Google search displays BAD words. I apologise. Should be back to normal soon, I hope.