Five Minutes Peace

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‘. ย 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. ย I was particularly pleased as there is the picture of an open paint box – ย 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 ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’“ them a lot, they are some of my favourite). ย There are many old friends such the original artwork for Elmer the Elephant by David McKeeย ๐Ÿ˜, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendakย ๐Ÿ‘‘and also beautiful illustrations of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse by Rae Smithย ๐Ÿด.

They have lots of books too, mainly illustrated by their artists. ย 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. ย It’s Japanese and you sit at the bar – I had noodles ๐Ÿ with veg tempura and it all comes separately which is rather fun, so you dip you noodles into the soup rather satisfyingly. ย We enjoyed ourselves very much!

Alice xxx

Here we go!
Five Minutes Peace…
The paintbox!
John Lawrence
Debra McFarlane
The Tiger who Came to Tea & Elmer
Oliver Jeffers – I liked this a lot
Let the Wild Rumpus begin…
Jan Pienkowski – medium – ‘film positive on acetate over hand-printed marbled paper’
War Horse – Rae Smith
And noodles for dinner

Please let me know what you think ๐Ÿ˜€โœ๏ธ

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