So, I'm writing a children's book (hooray!), and I'm going to share it with you, page by page, over the course of a good many weeks, along with some background information you might find interesting. I love children's books, and I think they are important too. They are often the first means a child has of understanding the world around them – a world which they have not begun to fully get to grips with yet. Saying it like that lays a certain amount of burden on the writer and/or illustrator, and too right it should!
This is Bep. You'll be seeing quite a lot of her over the course of this project, so I hope you're not offended by curly redheads in pyjamas who insist on dragging their pets across space and time. So, this is her, and this is why I created her and sought out to tell the story of the Universe…
More after the break.
I have little doubt my future children will grow up with some magic and myth in their lives: there will always be cartoons with talking animals, the other kids at school will chatter about Santa Claus, some misinformed relative will tell them that their pet hamsters went to heaven. Whatever they hear, and whatever they start to believe in or question, I want them to grow up knowing that the most wondrous story is happening right above their heads; that behind the blue sky, there's a place that not even Disney could make up; that when the stars come out at night you can catch a glimpse of it really happening with your own eyes. I want to lift them up to peep through our telescope and see Saturn's rings, gaze at the craters in the moon, see the red tinge of Betelgeuse and the faint glow of Andromeda. I want to tell them that this story is their story. I want to try and describe to them how very minuscule the window of opportunity is that allows them to see and understand it, how very lucky they are.
Are your bags packed? Let's get going!
Stay tuned. I'll be posting every two weeks.