You know how I feel about books and how I feel about supporting artisans.
This is the latest book to hit our shelves - Mr Whistler by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by Gavin Bishop
Sadly New Zealand lost Margaret Mahy last year but her lasting gift was a huge collection of imaginative whimsical stories think:
Down the Back of the Chair
The Lion in the Meadow
The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate
The Witch in the Cherry Tree
The Seven Chinese Brothers
She actually wrote more than 100 picture books, 40 novels and 20 collections of short stories. (Can anyone say prolific??)
This story is no different. It's a story of a man who has a song in his head and dance in his feet trying to get himself on a train. As a woman who frequently has a song on my lips and some groove in my step I love Mr Whistler - he's the kind of person the world needs more of.
He also has great dress sense right down to his underwear (how can I not love him?!?!)
The story is illustrated by Christchurch's own Gavin Bishop (who wrote and illustrated another of our favourites Mrs McGinty and the Bizarre Plant - a classic which features some wonderful Christchurch scenery. The boys adore it. We have a copy from the 80s that is falling apart.)
His illustrations in this are so engaging - it's very hard to convey movement - particularly dance in a non-stylised way. But these pictures just dance. The clothing is also fab and the story is set in the 40s so it's rather stylish.
We really like this book the boys laughed at and engaged with the story. It's well written and beautifully illustrated - it's a keeper.
I was thrilled to receive this in the mail from Gecko Press - publishers committed to bringing us all books worth keeping and they kindly said I could have another copy to give to a reader too.
So if you'd like this book on your shelves leave me a comment here I'm interested to know either:
your favourite children's author
or your favourite illustrator