August 2013

The Inside Story: Rory and the Muncher Cruncher

added 30th August 2013

Read our 60 second Q&A with illustrator Genny Haines about her book Rory and the Muncher Cruncher and get a sneak peek from inside the book.

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My favourite part of the book is …

The one where they're all running through the streets at night, with opportunistic mouse doing his opportunistic thing. But generally I really like the fact that the characters start off from rather awkward beginnings to become best of friends.

I enjoyed working with the author on this book because...

When Andrew Higgins first approached me to illustrate his story the part that jumped out as a very strong visual image was the monster Muncher Cruncher getting really excited. He lets off a burst of steam which makes his coat blow up like a balloon. I was hooked! Developing the characters in the book was a major part of the project and the monster gave me a lot of freedom to explore whacky ideas. After all he lives in a bedroom cupboard (with all his family). I had a lot of fun illustrating the various scenes, the search for the corner store, chasing mouse, baking and the all important 'munching'.

My favourite part of the book is …

The one where they're all running through the streets at night, with opportunistic mouse doing his opportunistic thing. But generally I really like the fact that the characters start off from rather awkward beginnings to become best of friends.

I think parents will love this book because …

The story's a great little adventure, lots going on, quirky and funny. Also, it's aimed at quite a wide age range, 4 to 7/8 year olds, and pointing at the words will encourage reading. It's also now available in French under the title: Rory et le Mange-Tout.

See art by Genny Haines here


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Print and Pattern Kids Out Now!

added 14th August 2013

We have always been avid followers of ‘Print and Pattern', the website that celebrates the world of surface design. It’s a great source of inspiration for creative projects. The good news is their latest book, Print and Pattern: Kids, is out now and it features several designs from Happy Spaces artist Lesley Grainger!

 

About the Book: ‘Print & Pattern: Kids’ celebrates beautiful surface design created with little people in mind. This book documents the work of the best designers in the field, featuring both successful commercial designs and previously unseen work.

 

We are very proud of Lesley, Print and Pattern is widely known and being featured in their book is a great credit to her beautiful designs. See Lesley’s featured designs below.

 





To view Lesley’s full collection of artwork at Happy Spaces click here

To view Lesley's website click here

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