Editions Tourbillon. Anyone out there who'd like a snail bath book to review or play with? My bath ain't big enough!
Petit Escargot is an old French rhyme. I showed Snail playing hide and seek with his friends, the ladybird (another back to show off!), and a ant, carrying a strawberry. Why a strawberry? Well aside from matching the colour of all their loads, I see now there's also an ant bearing a strawberry in Ann and Paul Rand's book 'I know a lot of things'. It must have imprinted itself on my memory.
Their wonderful timeless book was published the year I was born and it's been recently reprinted by Chronicle.
My spongy Snail book has with it, a larger than life blow-up snail.
They couldn't add tentacles on the blow-up shape. In the book I drew the eyes on the end of the tentacles. That's where snail's eyes are. It also meant I could hint at a smile in the head shape between in eyes...
Bath books are screen printed - so a limited number of colours - but I wanted to avoid the usual red, yellow, blue combos... It was a pleasure to work with Tourbillon. I love their beautiful books for toddlers - designed with respect for new - and used - eyes!