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.)