Just listening to an interview with one of our fave picture book writer/illustrators, Oliver Jeffers. Is it just me or does everything sound better with a Belfast accent? You can listen here at Just One More Book.
Jeffers is telling a story about a boy who disappeared from a school trip to the Belfast Zoo and then turned up sopping wet. The upshot is that he'd kidnapped a penguin. This story is at the heart of Lost and Found - which has to be one of my favourite boy meets penguin stories ever. (I've been working on a story about a penguin and a polar bear who meet in Stanley Park, Vancouver, but I fear I may have missed the penguin boat.)
Now he's talking about the varying attitudes toward children's illustration and fine art. His attitude seems to be that, in his life at least, one works to support the other. Personally, I think his children's illustration very fine indeed.
More on Jeffers soon.