Picture Book Update: How the Sun Met the Moon
Something special happened this week, a dream of mine came true. My friend, fellow critique grouper and hugely talented author illustrator James Hutchons, surprised me with an illustrated spread inspired by the first picture book text I ever shared with him. I was, and still am, very excited about it. This is the first time I’ve seen one of my stories illustrated.
I write picture book texts, which sounds like a contradiction, without the pictures what is a picture book? Initially, it’s an idea, a story and a hope of one day finding an agent, publisher and (importantly) illustrator to bring my words to life.
How the Sun Met the Moon is a picture book text I first drafted on a trip to the west of Ireland last summer. My mum and I went to visit the sights from my childhood holidays and the sun and moon made regular appearances, which was surprising based on the expectation of continued cloud cover.
An idea was born.
A few drafts later it is still a work in progress but here is the extract below that piqued illustrator James’ interest from the start and his beautiful interpretation above. I think it captures the setting and sentiment perfectly. Thank you James, you’ve made my day, week, month, I smile every time I look at it.
The moon was in front of the sun,
The world had become darker.
It was an eclipse!
They watched in wonder.