Sunday, 2 November 2014

An illustration commission for Fortnum & Mason leads to an invitation to Judith Kerr's book launch

The inside spread of the colouring book I illustrated for Fortnum & Mason.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr is one of my favourite picture books - it is a lovely story to read aloud and the illustrations are truly charming. It was published in 1968 and though Judith Kerr has written many other books since then she did not publish The Crocodile Under the Bed (a sequel to the Tiger story) until this year.

Judith Kerr listens to Geraldine McEwan
read The Crocodile Under the Bed.
So I was delighted to be at the launch of The Crocodile Under the Bed at Fortnum & Mason in London a couple of weeks ago. Judith Kerr, now in her nineties, gave a speech and her stories were read by Geraldine McEwan. 

I was invited to the event because I illustrated a little colouring book for Fortnum & Mason and this was its first outing. It was included in a goody bag for guests along with a signed copy of The Crocodile Under the Bed. 

This experience is an example of why I love being a freelance illustrator so much. You never know what you will be working on next or where it will take you. A little colouring book commission that has been very enjoyable in itself (the people at Fortnums are great to work with) lead to me being in the same room as one of my heroes - Judith Kerr.

More information about Judith Kerr and her work is in this article by the Independent. More information about The Crocodile Under the Bed is on the Harper Collins website.

My copy of Judith's book - it is a delightful
follow up to the Tiger story, I highly recommend it.

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