This whole ‘make a picture book’ project came about because of something I used to say to anyone who would listen.
“You can’t write a children’s book and consider yourself to be an author.”
I thought this one day when a TV presenter announced: “Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, has now become a published author!” And this was because he wrote – you guessed it – a children’s story.
A children’s story.
That’s like calling yourself a fully qualified barista when you just bought a Nespresso pod machine.
Children’s stories, I would tell anybody within earshot, are not real stories that require any real talent to create. They are short and they are simple. All you have to do is write a couple of basic sentences per page about any old fluffy dog or colourful bird, and there you go, you have a children’s book.
Should take you a grand total of, what, thirty minutes?
Indeed, there is an episode of ‘Black Books’ that makes this exact point.
So, like the characters in the show (bearing in mind I had not seen this episode at this time), I set out to prove a point – that I could create a picture book, just as good, if not better, than any you would find in a bookstore or library.
And anyone who knows me, will assure you that when I set out to prove a point, I don’t mess around.