A Day at the Desk

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I am lucky enough to have a lovely long list of interview questions local school children asked me to put to children's book illustrators. Today I have posed a few to Caitlin Truman-Baker, illustrator of Have You Seen the Sleep Fairy? reviewed on The Bookshelf for younger readers. 

Which comes first - pictures or words?


Did you base the pictures on anybody you know?

I used Tod’s (the author) family as a base.. and then created the characters from there.

Who chose which pictures to use

Tod had an idea of what kind of picture he wanted with each page of the story. I then decided how that picture would look and across how many pages that it would look best. so either a single page or a double page spread.

Did you show the story to children first to make sure they liked it?

  I let a few of the mothers I know with the right aged kids read the book to see whether the illustrations resonated with them.

What other books have you done?

  This is my first children’s illustration book

How long did it take to write and illustrate

 The book took about 2-3 months to illustrate.



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The Phantom Lollipop Man! - blog post image

The Phantom Lollipop Man!

Review to follow (busy week!) but, as you can see, I adored this hence its position as the March Book of the Month!  



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