As an illustrator, this has been a dream project to be involved with. I love wildlife, so being asked to produce images of the birds I see around me every day felt a little like going on a ‘busman’s holiday’. The biggest challenge was making sure that my illustrations closely matched the playfulness of the poems and the distinctive characters of the birds – for example the blackbird had to look bossy and the robin cheeky.
From an illustrator’s point of view, my favourite images are of the Owl and the Goldcrest. The owl has the most complex features in terms of the subtle range of colours and textures, and the Goldcrest is just so full of fun and energy.
We are now starting to turn our attention to the next book in the series – Little Woodland Poems – which will provide quite a different set of challenges. Looking forward to it!