Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Le dico rigolo des animaux!

I just got my advance copies of Le dico rigolo des animaux, a French animal dictionary written by Elisabeth Brami. It is llustrated by me, and published by the seriously nice people at Casterman Jeunesse


It's a small format, 10 x 10cm, and quite thick - 100 animals in all, including crying toads, sweating camels and, almost inevitably, a banjo-playing frog! 

Here are a selection of spreads...













 I've got two copies of this to give away, which I will sign. In French! (Not really! In English!)  If you'd like to leave a comment below (perhaps saying your favourite animal in the world!) I'll draw two names randomly this Friday at lunchtime and post them to the winners. Yay, my first competition - O please don't leave me hanging, pals!

Thank you to Mélanie Perry for hiring me and being a wonderful person to work with; I really enjoyed the whole process. And now I know more about French animal names, and I've drawn my first maggot! (Horrors.)

18 comments:

Fred Blunt said...

Oh, Tor! These are wonderful :) My new fave animal (apart from dogs of course) are Polish crested chickens... I saw some on a farm at the weekend, they look like they have pom poms on their heads!! Fingers crossed :)

Louise Forshaw said...

This looks fantastic, Tor!

Of course my favourite animal is a monkey. I like squirrel monkeys, marmosets, capuchins, macaques - all of them really!

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Erin Hunting said...

These are lovely illustrations-congratulations! As for favourite animals? Cats, cats cats. Oh and giraffes, apes & elephants.

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Claire Livingstone said...

LOVE this! Beautiful and charming, as always.
Fave animal: horses. Not very original, but true. My first love was a pony (instead of a boy).
xxx

AVL said...

These are grand! That sneaky Trout it ace! My favourite beast is an anteater, for their marvellous conical snouts!

Barnaby Richards said...

What a wondrous book! Congratulations, Tor! Moles and hedgehogs. X

Joy Gosney said...

What a gorgeous book Tor! I love the slightly retro feel of the front cover...subtle! As for my own fave animal..erm, dogs.

Rachel said...

I don't think I've ever seen a picture or book of yours I don't love, the worms are brilliant and even better in French!
I love all cats, big cats, small cats, wild cats, fluffy cats,
Love your no1 fan x

Courtney Dicmas said...

I LOVE your llamas, Tor. I nearly fell off my chair giggling. Your drawing has so much zest and life! Well DONE!!!

Charlotte Cheng said...

I love giraffes and baby red pandas :)

rachel stoleru said...

I've been a silent follower of your blog for a long time, it's great! And this book is beautiful. My fav animal... penguins!
They're so funny :)

Jo Brown said...

i love the squirrels, they are hilarious! My favourite animals in the world are dogs

Alexandra said...

Monkeys and pigs have always been my favourite but now they are in danger of being knocked off the top spot by groupie tadpoles, grumpy turkeys and mischievous whales... Absolutely love your drawings - they make me laugh out loud.

Gemma Bruce said...

Definitely a yak - looks like a fab book Tor!

Florence Turnour said...

I probably missed the window for your give-away, but I wanted to say these are fantastic. :)

Tor Freeman said...

Thanks Florence!