Friday, June 27, 2008

make the most of what you have


Emily Gravett, who yesterday won the UK's most prestigious children's illustration award, has revealed that her winning book was produced with the aid of rats' urine.

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears is in fact dedicated to Button and Mr Moo, the rats, now deceased, which obliged the author by passing urine on cue.


They also proved indispensable for another task: nibbling away at pieces of paper, temptingly covered by Gravett with yoghurt, to create chewed edges and tooth-bitten textures for the book, which has the look of having been half-devoured by hungry rodents.



as i am currently in possession of a very small creature that produces copious amounts of pee and has a fondness for chewing things... i don't see why i can't win a major illustration award too.

See a gallery of the work here.

7 comments:

30in2005 said...

I was alarmed at the end as thought you were about to show us a gallery of work by your very small creature!

Anu said...

LOL!

Nice comments!

Hey why don't we collaborate? My neighbors dog seems to possess the requiste pee + chewing traits too:-))

mumbaigirl said...

Would you be the chewed illustration?

Shyam said...

I too thought your very small creature must be a miniature mega genius to have a gallery of work already! :)

The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

Hmm... if I'm the chewed illustration then I don't think I'd be winning any children's book awards... the turner prize maybe!

Ravages/CC said...

I thought the gallery was your little pet too. Hmm...

MadrasChick said...

Me too thought the same like the others..
Actually clicked on the link to see the gallery of very small creature's work, in bewilderment.