Today’s big news is that Axel Scheffler, who illustrated the 3.5 million copy bestseller, The Gruffalo, will illustrate a series of picture books for toddlers for Nosy Crow. The series is about Pip and Posy, and the first two titles are Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle and Pip and Posy: The Super Scooter. Like Axel, Camilla’s got a toddler and, as she points out:
“I’ve really noticed that once children have got the hang of walking and made a start on talking, they begin to get bored with simple board books and become interested in longer stories. Their concentration levels increase and they are able to understand plot as well as starting to relate to character more and more.
“And as toddlers, children begin to encounter all sorts of new situations and experiences, not all of which are positive! Whether they are losing a treasured balloon, falling off a scooter or having an ice cream, a toddler’s world quickly becomes much more complex – and their emotional spectrum broader. From delight, to frustration, to jealousy, to fury, and back to joy, a two year-old can experience a whole range of feelings – often in the course of a single hour!”
Pip and Posy books explore the high drama of toddler life.
Axel is, of course, one of the illustrators in our Who’s your favourite children’s book illustrator survey, and your last chance to take the survey is at before 6.00pm today, when voting will close. We’ll announce the winner in our Monday post.