One of the best things about being an author is when children write to you about your books, or send you drawings of the characters. The other week I received a whole batch of amazing letters and art from St Mary the Mount RC Primary School telling me how much they enjoyed Cogheart. They had each done some drawings and written a fact sheet about mechanicals for one of their school projects. You can see some of them here, there’s a lovely drawing of Mrs Rust which I think is my favourite! And I even learnt some interesting facts about mechanicals from them… For example, did you know you can apparently cut a mechanical in half and both halves will go on living!! A bit like the Terminator! Also that some mechanicals and mechanimals run away from their owners because they are unhappy, but then they go rusty and run down and stop working. Thanks to all the pupils at St Mary the Mount for your lovely letters and inspirational drawings and thoughts on mechanicals. I hope you got my reply?
So this week I finally got my hands on a couple of finished copies of the book, and it looks amazing – thanks to Kath Millichope’s fantastic design work and Becca Stadtlander’s stunning illustrations – it even has silvering on the title! Plus, the inside pages look pretty cool too, but I will leave that for you to discover for yourselves. Here are a few of pics – I am so chuffed with the finished thing. Everyone at Usborne has done the most fantastic job on it!
Over on the Middle Grade Strikes Back blog TODAY you can read a post by Kath Millichope talking about how she designed the GORGEOUS Cogheart cover.
This is my favourite quote from her interview”
“I finished the cover with a sprinkling of what could be stars or snow – I imagined the characters to be in a sort of starry snow-globe, which could be tipped over like an egg-timer to start the adventure all over again!”
You can also see an EXCLUSIVE High Definition version of the animation I created for the WHOLE cover…
So, what are you waiting for, head on over there NOW and read all about it…