Sunday, 27 July 2014

Le Octopuppy

I'm delighted to announce that The Octopuppy will shortly be published in French language editions.

The book will be published in hardback by Éditions Père Fouettard. All the readers in France who have asked me when they'll be able to get hold of a copy of The Octopuppy won't have too much longer to wait!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Lost Octopuppies found!

I've been sent some fantastic Octopuppy-inspired drawings this week, made by the hugely talented kids at Grahamvale Primary School, Shepparton, Australia. Thank you to them for all their brilliant Octopuppy ideas, I'm delighted they've enjoyed the book so much. And a big thank you to Ella, their teacher. Ella writes:

Hi Martin,

My prep class (6 year olds) have been so excited to be reading The Octopuppy this week. They literally cheer every time I get it out to read to them. They have loved every minute of our reading lessons this week. 

I have attached some pictures of the "Lost" posters that they made. We hung them up around the school before turning them into a classroom display. The kids had to create a poster to help find Jarvis by picking something that he could do that a 'normal' puppy couldn't. It was a great activity. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the amazing learning that has happened through the use of your hilarious book.

Kind regards,

Ella Bicknell
Prep Teacher
Grahamvale Primary School

All the lost Jarvises ...

"Here are some of the drawings the kids did this morning when they were asked to create a new animal by joining the names of two animals together to create a combination animal – like the Octopuppy. They had a lot of fun!"

Monday, 14 July 2014

Party time!

Here are some scribblings done while I was working on the party scene from near the end of The Octopuppy book.

The cop and the burly burglar from earlier in the story, now cuffed and having a nice time.

Also reappearing, the fisherman provides the phat sounds, while the fishmonger does his party piece.

Jarvis and Edgar puttin' on the Ritz, Blue Skies style in their dual Fred Astaire glory.

Here's the full picture pencilled out, with the first daubs of colour.

And the finished scene, with spotlight and mirrorball effect. Of course, no party would be any good without a slap-up spread featuring a mound of mashed potatoes with sausages stuck in it.