Tag Archives: Illustration

The Future’s Bright

13 Oct

A funny little coincidence happened on the wedding day.

While I was out trying on wedding dresses with mothers of the bride and groom way back in February, we took a shortcut through a bookshop. I have a bit of a thing for children’s picture books and am a sucker for a good title or a cute cover illustration. I was struck by both when I spotted this little gem by Rachel Bright

The story is about a little monster who above all things just wants to find someone to love. He searches high and low, and just as he is giving up hope and things are starting to get dark, he finds a lovely lady monster to be his partner. It really struck a chord with me and felt that it told the story of Mr Monster and I to a tee, so I bought a copy to give to him as a gift on the morning of the wedding, and also made reference to the story during my vows. I am reliably informed that he had a bit of a ‘moment’ whilst reading it (although he’ll hate me for telling you that!)

Unbeknownst to me, that morning one of the lady ushers had given Mr Monster a card in which she had written a poem by the same author. He liked it so much that he had it written into our ceremony and it was read by the friend we had roped in to officiating the blessing for us. It was just perfect and I really wanted to share it with you here. As part of our ceremony it made me laugh, and touched my heart in ways that only great poetry can. It would seem that Rachel Bright is on our wavelength!

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‘Stuck’

31 Aug

Foyles bookshop in Bristol’s Cabot Circus is my happy place.

They stock some beautiful and unusual books and there is nowhere on earth I would rather be than on a too small plastic chair in their vast treasure trove of a children’s department. In amongst the pristine copies of soon to be well-loved picture books, I am truly happy.

Every Wednesday on my way home from work I walk right by the front door and on more than one occasion I have been enticed inside by the oh so attractive window displays. Today was one such day and I made a marvellous discovery. The new Oliver Jeffers book (which I didn’t think came out until mid September) was sitting in shimmering hardback on the ‘What’s New’ shelf.

StuckBefore I had even had time to think, I’d grabbed a copy from the shelf and resisting the urge to plonk myself down right there and then to read it cover to cover, I found myself at the till babbling to the lovely assistant:

“I didn’t realise this was out yet, I’m so excited! Oooo, a grown woman getting her knickers in a twist over a picture book!”

She assured me that a reaction such as mine was generally quite standard in Foyles, and we bonded over our favourite Jeffers illustrations.

I walked, neigh, SKIPPED home to cosy up with a cuppa and devour my new book. ‘Stuck’ did not disappoint. The wonderfully tall story made me actually laugh out loud and the illustrations ranging from beautifully complex to deceptively simple yet totally expressive, demanded a second, third, and fourth flick through before the book took pride of place on my coffee table to inspire any visitors who happen to drop by.

I am a happy girl today.