It's Bedtime, William! is the title of my new book, published in June 2010. This picture book looks into the world-wide occurrence of kids not wanting to go to bed as opposed to the parent who knows the sleeping hour has definitely arrived.
A battle of wills can develop but with some negotiation and some strategic thinking, a child can usually buy some more precious time. In this story William has played his last card and reluctantly trudges up to his room only to find his bed is already occupied by a huge uninvited lion.
After the initial shock of this unexpected discovery, it is William who tries to persuade the now energetic and wide-awake lion to stop fooling about and go to sleep.
Does William succeed and will his parents find out?
I had a lovely time working on this book, creating the characters and writing the story. Nowadays I tend to keep the design and format of the layout quite simple and direct. I can then concentrate on the rapport between the main characters, their expressions, and vitality of the book as a whole.
These illustrations were drawn on a Wacom tablet using Photoshop.
Its Bedtime, William! is published by Viking, Penguin Australia.