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Oh congratulations! I used to love books like these and couldn't wait until I had children of my own so I could spoil them too. As a child, I would read the stories and then sit and copy the pictures into my scrap book, doubling my pleasure with both a good dollop of imagination and then an afternoon of losing myself in pencils and paints. I have a sneaking feeling my little niece might be getting one of these for her birthday in a couple of weeks!


How sweet and lovely ...
A child's book that looks
"Magic"... and your art work has
captured the "Story"...{:>)

Julia Thompson

CONGRATULATIONS! Vanessa - it looks lovely.
xxx Julie


It looks adorable. I love all the patterns painted at the edges.


it's looks wonderful Vanessa, congrats, I'll have to look out for it at the shops!

Alice Saltiel-Marshall

CONGRATULATIONS Vanessa!!! Your illustrations are fresh and alive and the page edging so deligtful! I have always admired book illustraters, their work certainly seems so much more difficult than making a traditional oil painting! It appears to be an amazingly good story. I may have to secure a copy ... if the first grandchild were are expecting (end of October) is a girl! Cheers!

Alice C

What a wonderful addition to any little girl's library. It looks so lively and beautifully designed. Your illustrations are just perfect and I am sure that the copies will be flying off the shelves in no time.


Vanessa, your illustrations are wonderful. I love the page edging too. I will order a copy for our school library...and maybe one for myself!


it looks absolutely stunning , you must be so proud of yourself! I am going to look out for it in my bookstore and maybe buy a copy for future children :-)

Love S x


Gorgeous! Now, who can I buy a copy for?


Oh, it looks just darling! Congratulations.


Oh congratulations! Alan Durant came to do a writing workshop at my daughter's school a few weeks back - he was a huge hit! She would love this book. I must look out for it.


Hi Vanessa! Your new book looks good enough to eat, can't wait to see it for real. I kind of posted a thread about it on the twins-site I'm on, to say how proud I am of you and your books. Regardless to say, many both know your work and are big fans!
Lots of love and congratulations, Tam and the gang x


Your book looks beautiful as does all the work you do, I don'think it's the boys cup of tea and unfortunately there are no girls, Congratulations, Shirley


Your book looks beautiful as does all the work you do, I don'think it's the boys cup of tea and unfortunately there are no girls, Congratulations, Shirley


Congratulations! I'm so looking forward to buying it. I see it's on pre-order here so it shouldn't be too long. My daughter is on the cusp of still liking children's books but that's okay because I buy them for myself!

Really wonderful illustrations...


Well done, Vanessa! It's lovely and it looks like you had a great time doing it.

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Auh, my niece would probably love to have one of this! The tooth fairy is very thoughtful to keep a diary of her experiences. It must have happened in real life, hehe.

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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