'Hey, that's what I'll call you - Collywobble!' says Farmer Joe.
When Farmer Joe's sheepdog, Bess, has seven pups, three are big and strong, three are good enough, but one's the most shivery, wobbly little scrap you're ever likely to see. Joe and Bess go to fetch the sheep down from the snowy mountain, but it's getting dark and they're still not back. Will Collywobble be brave enough to try and find them?
Here's a wonderful thing... a book that I'm very proud to be a part of! It's Collywobble!
And today- 14th February, is the release day! So hurry on down to your local bookstore and buy one... it's such a lovely story. Collywobble was written by the hugely talented Malachy Doyle.
It was spring 2010 when the email popped into my inbox. It was from Viv Sayer- editor of Pont Books, Gomer. She was offering me the chance to illustrate a new picture book by Malachy Doyle. Malachy's story was so heart warming and Viv and Gomer are so nice to work with. I punched the air, whooped, then did a little jig of delight. I'd worked on a picture book for Gomer before and Malachy was the author of that one too. It was 'Granny Sarah and the Last Red Kite', the very first picture book I'd worked on alone... scary! Now, with a few more books under my belt, I approached the project with confidence as well as excitement. I love drawing dogs and I know and love the Welsh landscape. This was going to be fun.... and it was!
Here's Malachy's website where you can see all the wonderful books he's had published.
And here Malachy writes about his muse... Juno, in 'The Picture Book Den' The Genesis of a Picture Book by Malachy Doyle