Thursday 12 August 2010

In which Claude and Sir Bobblysock take their first steps out into the world

Well last week ( 2nd August if you want to put it in your diaries!:-)) it was my birthday and I had a lovely weekend being whisked a way for an overnight surprise by my fiancee. She took me to Alton Towers for two days of rollercoasters and log flumes and being flung upside down and around and around on terrifying rides. We stopped in the hotel there which was so much fun as it's full of quirky features and little oddities (such as a magic mirror in the bathroom which tells you how lovely you look when you stand on a special tile on the floor). I got very over excited by it all and we were in the park at 8.30 am on the second day waiting to ride the rollercoaster called RITA (my favourite!)

I came home and pretty much everyday for a week the postman bought me parcels full of exciting things - proofs of front covers for books I'm working on, advance copies of books I've illustrated and all sorts of other things besides. But most exciting of all was my very own toy CLAUDE!

Claude is my new series of fiction for 5-7 year olds and the first title publishes in Jan 2011. I had heard about this toy that the publishers Hodder have had made and I had seen little photos of him but I thought I would have to wait until I went in for my next meeting with them to have a squeeze of the real thing. I think my editor and art director there got the idea that I was VERY OVEREXCITED about this and decided to send me my very own version. Apparently he is just a prototype at the moment and there a few design tweaks to be made, but to me he is P.E.R.F.E.C.T and I love him!

In the second pic he is making friends with one of my dogs - Bella Boo. She liked him but was a little miffed that he had come to sit on her special pillow. ( needless to say the other two dogs were interested in him and he has now had to be moved well out of the way to a HIGH SECURITY shelf in my studio.

I can't tell you how pleased I am with him and how brilliantly odd it is to see one of your illustrations be transformed into something 3D and cuddleable!

The second exciting Claude thing I received was from the lovely Emma in the Hodder Marketing department who sent me the adorable photo of some sample pages of Claude all tucked up in a giant Sir Bobblysock ready to go to reviewers and booksellers so they can get a sneaky peak of Claude before he hits the shops.
I hope people liked him and, more importantly, I hope he behaved himself!

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  1. Hey Alex, thanks for your comments on my 12 slices of cutie pie post, glad you liked it. Your darling lil ginger pup reminds me of my dog misty that we lost not too long ago. She's adorable and Claude is awesome too.

  2. How exciting on many accounts...first your CLAUDE toy looks pretty neat, secondly your birthday for last week and third (a bit jealous) ROLLERCOASTERS! Admire your illustrations..alot!

  3. Little Jackrabbits - So sorry to hear about your loss. Bella is such a cutie - she's the biggest of all our dogs but is frightened of everything. We had a thunder clap yesterday and she came running into the studio, leapt on my lap and buried her head under my arm! :-)

    Sissy Sparrows - I know! Rollercoasters - I was so spoilt and had so much fun! Glad you like Claude. I'm very excited about him. Can't wait until January when he hits the shops!

  4. What a great character! and toy. Will look out for Claude in Jan.