I took a trip to the Illustration Cupboard on Bury Street, which I would hugely recommend if you are near by.
My initial reason for the trip was to view Jill Murphy‘s original artwork for her children’s book ‘Five Minutes Peace‘. I remember reading this book when I was small and it was super fun to see all the original drawings, it’s amazing how you remember so much detail. I was particularly pleased as there is the picture of an open paint box – in the story the mother elephant accidentally sits on the paintbox (having been left by a rogue child) and the squares of paint leave a perfect colourful imprint on her dress, unbeknown to her.
I have never been to this gallery before, and it turns out they have all sorts, I was so excited to find original artwork by Jan Pienkowski – his illustrations for the book ‘A Necklace of Raindrops‘ are so delightful (I really love 💗💕💓 them a lot, they are some of my favourite). There are many old friends such the original artwork for Elmer the Elephant by David McKee 🐘, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak 👑and also beautiful illustrations of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse by Rae Smith 🐴.
They have lots of books too, mainly illustrated by their artists. It was such a treat being able to see so much original artwork for so many loved books, discovering new illustrators and putting names to images.
After I went to dinner in Koya, we had to queue (of course – we’re in London) but it is well worth the wait. It’s Japanese and you sit at the bar – I had noodles 🍝 with veg tempura and it all comes separately which is rather fun, so you dip you noodles into the soup rather satisfyingly. We enjoyed ourselves very much!