Thursday, May 26, 2011
I just finished working on a collaborative book with the wonderful Danielle Wood.
We have created a retelling of the traditional story of ‘Momotaro’. Better know in to English speakers as Peach Boy. In our story ‘Ringo-chan & Ringo-kun’ we have a boy and girl characters born from a giant apple (Ringo = apple). The story then shares a close path of ogre fighting and victory as in the original. Danielle’s text and my illustrations clearly make the setting of the story in Tasmania. Momotaro’s helpers, a dog, a monkey and a pheasant are replaced with a Tasmanian Devil, a Quoll and a Currawong bird.
I have added a few sample photos above. The book is a mix of traditional flat picture book illustrations and pop-up pages.
It will be on display in Newcastle next month as a part of the ‘Happy Ever After’ exhibition. See http://happilyeverafter11.blogspot.com/ for more details.