It's funny how hearing a story which you know and love so well read by the author/ illustrator team really brings it to life! Hearing Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen reading 'Sam and Dave Dig a Hole' today was a real joy. From the reaction of the audience, I was not the only one who loved it!
The pair obviously have a great deal of fun working together, creating fabulous stories like 'Sam and Dave', 'Extra Yarn' (another great favourite of mine!) and 'The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse'. Mac explained how he likes to write books that make the reader do the work, making them think and ask questions about what has happened.
Explaining that he usually uses pencil and paper and finishes things on the computer, Jon demonstrated how he creates characters using just the computer so that everyone could see. It was wonderful to see how easily he created the dog with the trademark enigmatic eyes of Jon's characters. He laughingly explained that he doesn't like to show emotion, leaving it to the writing to convey this to the reader.
The session went far too quickly, ending with them reading 'Triangle' and then 'Square'- both of which are brilliant and will be reviewed very soon!
Just remember, gents- North Somerset. Best cup of tea, best cake- and that's a promise!
Triangle Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Walker Books ISBN: 978-1406378368
Square Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Walker Books ISBN: 978-1406378658
You can read our review of 'Extra Yarn' here.