Thursday, April 01, 2010
The story is for young children, but it's quite quirky so needs quirky drawings. I don't like the namby pamby cutesy illustrations you often get on kiddy books. You know, the ones where everyone looks like you want to slap them because they are so goody goody or bathed in a cherubic glow.
The story is about Floppy the Monster who lives with Emily and her family. He discovers he can communicate with her by thought although no one is aware of his skill. This means that when he thinks something, Emily picks up on it and acts, usually resulting in trouble.
He has an arch-enemy who tried to steal him in the supermarket - Momo Morris with his witchy granny. Momo Morris appears in name in later books because Floppy creates an imaginary world where he is a kind of hero pitting his wits against him and doing battle.
There's always an accident resulting in Floppy being mended with red wool so the books teach in the least didactic way possible about some of the dangers inside and outside the home.
The books are due to be published this year, so this is kinda urgent, and all the fab well-known illustrators want tonsadosh up front.
Which is why I need to fling my search into the furthest reaches of networking.
Illustrator, this author needs YOU!