Look at this book cover:
Isn't that Googily adorable? In a demented Humpty Dumpty with George Bernard Shaw's eyebrows sort of way?
Just paid a visit to the website of artist Sophie Blackall. I flipped to her Bio page and her little author cameo nearly made me choke on my coffee. It's terribly funny and you really ought to do yourself a favour and go have a look here.
Back? Blackall's work is new to me, but I'm going to be watching out for her from now. Last night, my darling boy and I read the Meg Rosoff book Jumpy Jacky & Googily. Twice. Other parents of small children are now nodding their heads. But I ask you, have you ever had to read the jacket flap three times? It was the "About the Author" and "About the Illustrator" that got us going. I don't recall this ever happening before. And now we're jonesing for more Rosoff/Blackall collaborations. Luckily there's this:
Picture book reviews coming soon. Jumpy Jack and Googily by Meg Rosoff and Sophie Blackall will feature along with others. Rosoff's latest (young) adult novel, What I Was is currently on the Carnegie short list. My review of What I Was is available at Monsters & Critics.