(From Doodle Bites. Click to enlarge spread.)
Regular 7-Imp readers may know of my deep and abiding love for British illustrator Polly Dunbar’s work. There’s been this post and this interview and this post and Penguin (I love that penguin and the blue lion who eats Ben for being too noisy)…and oh-so much more.
You may also remember this Sunday post from February of this year in which we met Tilly and her friends: This is a terrifically charming series of books for the wee’est of toddlers. Not a sticky-sweet kind of charming either. (You know I won’t steer you toward the Sticky Sweet.) And they’re funny. And the characters—Tilly and her friends, Doodle, Tiptoe, Pru, Hector, and Tumpty, who all live together in a little yellow house—will settle themselves quite comfortably into the lives of young children. This I know from experience with my own.
Right. So, I’ve already raved about the books, but this is my post to feature a spread from each of the two new books, Doodle Bites and Good Night, Tiptoe, both released this month by Candlewick. (According to the book site I’m currently looking at, Barnes and Noble, they’re being released today; I swear I don’t plan these things. I seem to be puh-sychic, though. I’ve got a strong Polly-Dunbar radar, I suppose.)
These are laugh outloud funny, and I admit to a bias towards Tiptoe. He’s my favorite character and shines in his own book about refusing to go to sleep. In the opening spread of this post, you see what happens when Doodle wakes up “feeling BITEY!” I just read that this is the end to this Tilly-and-Friends series, which makes me sad, but at least we have these six, perfect little tales for toddlers. I’ve always admired Polly’s Sendak sensibilities, if you will, but in these, she’s channeling Helen Oxenbury somethin’ fierce, while also retaining her pure Polly style.
I’ll miss the gang’s antics, their world of little domestic dramas, but it was fun while it lasted.
‘I’m not sleepy,’ he said.”
(From Good Night, Tiptoe. Click to enlarge spread.)
DOODLE BITES. Copyright © 2009 Polly Dunbar. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
GOOD NIGHT, TIPTOE. Copyright © 2009 Polly Dunbar. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.