Goat joins Sheep

A little while ago I posted that I’d found a toy sheep that I’ll use when sharing my next picture book (Sheep, Goat and the Creaking Gate) with children. I also said that I’d struggled to find a goat toy. A friend read the entry and sent me some suggestions recently. The one she’d found was too small but it reignited my search and I found my goat! Thanks Sally, thanks RSPCA who stocked it as a dog toy. Emmi, our dog, loves stuffed toys and our back yard is strewn with bhe bits of the current favourite. When the goat arrived in the post, she was very excited and even more disappointed when the goat joined the sheep on top of my bookshelf.

I’ve seen Judith’s roughs and they’re great. Can’t wait to see the finished artwork and the proofs. At this stage the publication date for Sheep, Goat is July 2009.

Now to research the differences between sheep and goats. And the similarities.

Sheep and Goat

Illustrations are in the early stages for my next picture book, Sheep, Goat and the Creaking Gate. I’m starting to plan how I’ll share this book with school groups. I’ve developed a few strategies, one of which involves using stuffed toys as props. (not sure whether or not to make a creaking gate!)

Easy. Not. Easy to find sheep in all sorts of sizes and shapes, from cartoony to realistic. But goats? Not so easy. There are a couple around, but they’re quite big and the sheep I have is only about 15-20 cm tall/long. The poor old goat just doesn’t seem as popular in the stuffed toy department. Hmm. Not sure whether to try and make one, or to resort to just a picture of one. Would be quite nice to have a 3D version… Will think some more.

I was at a lunch today with writers and illustrators and we were talking about school presentations. They all agreed it would be good to see how other people present, partly to learn about their work, but also to inform their own presentations. While no one was planning to steal anyone’s killer opening, we were keen to see how other presenters engaged their audience right at the opening. There must be a way to do it.