When I tell you just *who* is illustrating my next book.
Yeah, WOW!Â (And you haven’t even seen the sketches I got yesterday!!!)
When I was asked, years ago, who my dream illustrator would be for Scratchy Mountains, I said quickly, “N.M. Bodecker.”
“He doesn’t work much these days,” I was told. Â “He’s dead,”
So I tried again. “Hilary Knight?”
“We’ll try…” they replied with a knowing snicker.Â “But dont get your hopes up.”
Indeed, Mr. Knight never responded to any of my fan letters.
So… given that Tenniel is also unavailable, I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED!!!!
Pham’s work reminds me of my favorite artists, actually. There’s something funny and smartypants and artsy at the same time.Â Something off kilter.Â Everything looks a little too big or a little too small, and everything looks like it has a touch of vertigo.Â Everyone she draws look like they just heard a good joke.
(Yeah, you could say I aim for the stars… but how else you gonna fallÂ to the moon?)