Guest Editor - Rob Biddulph
Our Guest Editor slot gives you a chance to discover more about an author and/or illustrator (Rob Biddulph is hugely talented as both!) and to find out more about the books and authors who have influenced and inspired them in their work...
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TWO BOOKS THAT INSPIRED ME TO BECOME AN AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR
I first decided that I’d like to try my hand at writing and illustrating stories for children when Kitty, my middle daughter, was about two years old.
One bedtime we were reading a new picture book that I’d bought her called The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers.
The illustrations blew my mind. Each one was painted on an actual page or cover torn from a second-hand book, sometimes incorporating the original typography, and then photographed. It was just so clever. So beautiful. The whole package totally opened my eyes to the fact that a picture book can be a genuine work of art. So I started to look at the books we read each night in a different way. Maybe, I thought, this is something that I could do.
Another of our favourites was How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss.
To my mind it is the best children’s text ever written. It was just such fun to read aloud. The rhythm, the perfect rhyme, the humour. I didn’t ever mind when Kitty chose it, even if we’d read it every night that week! That’s when I knew that the stories I’d write would also rhyme, and that I would do my very best to be as precise as Dr. S himself.
More about Rob Biddulph:
By day Rob is the award-winning art director of the Observer Magazine. By night he makes up silly stories for his three daughters, and draws pictures to go with them. His first picture book, Blown Away, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2015, his second, GRRRR! was nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and just released is the wonderful Odd Dog Out.
He lives with his wife and daughters in London, You can visit him at www.robbiddulph.com.
Author photo © Suki Dhanda