Do you know the work of Helen Stephens? She illustrates children's books, and I just have to share these two books I bought, with you. She wrote and illustrated both the books (which is an impressive thing in the world of children's books).
I count myself fortunate to be a friend of Helen's, (and her partner Gerry), who I mentioned before in this post, and that is why I have the special signature and drawing combination Helen did for me, in the front of both my copies. Can you see them in the picture above? Rather wonderful aren't they.
Imagine an iceberg floating past your bedroom window, and hopping on it, you float off and have adventures................... along with penguins.................... How WONDERFUL would that be! I've given you a very abbreviated description of what happens in 'The Night Iceberg', you'll have to read the book to find out the whole story.
And imagine a little dog, who is homeless, and ................... well, after I read it (and you'll be relieved to know there is a happy ending for the doggy), the story stayed with me. It was one of those stories which grabs your emotions and squeezes your heart. You're sad, then you're happy, relieved and joyful. All those things.
And I love the name Fleabag!
On the last page of both books there is a short explanation as to what inspired Helen, along with some of the drawings she did to prepare for each book. This is rather a special touch at the end of each story, I think.
I've always thought that picture books for children, aren't just for children, I've been collecting them for years. Even if the story is aimed at someone a (little!!!) younger than myself, the artwork is something that any age of person can enjoy. I love Helen's artwork, but I also really enjoy her story telling, they're just wonderful tales.
I don't want to deluge you with links, so I'll say cheerio for now. "Cheerio for now".