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Congratulations on your fourth Mole book. All your creatures are so characterful. I love that you painted a red squirrel as opposed to a grey one. I've been catching up on your posts, it's a great shame that someone punctured your confidence and ruined your enjoyment of your "little paintings". Those little still lives of yours are neither silly or a waste of time. Please pick up your paint brushes, get out your favourite container and let your creative eye explore the beauty you see in the plants and flowers around you.


How wonderful, Vanessa. Truly lovely books.

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy


your new book is lovely Mr Mole, oh and congrats to you too Vanessa!


Well done Mole, how nice of Vanessa to draw all you friends for you!


i LOVE the photos to this post, made me laugh and smile and all that! well done, clever old you xxx


what a dear little mole, you must have had so much fun creating him!
I shall look out for these beautiful books for Christmas.

Alice C

Congratulations Vanessa - how lovely that your friendly little mole should be so popular that there is a series of stories about him. And merchandising if I am not mistaken!


Just popped across from Attic 24 - I never realised this was you, we love the mole books in our house, didn't realise there was a 4th book out!
Lisa x


Just popped across from Attic 24 - I never realised this was you, we love the mole books in our house, didn't realise there was a 4th book out!
Lisa x

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Hello and welcome!

  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon