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It was one of those viral things, someone likes a page on facebook, and being nosy you go over to have a look and discover someone who tickles your funny bone. That’s how I found Angela Smythe who is based in Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Whether she is illustrating […]

Advent Challenge 18 – Angela Smythe


In our family, guinea pigs are known as Pinny gigs, because we all love spoonerisms and we think it suits them. Even if you are not a rodent fan, you will LOVE the pinny-gigs drawn by Holly Surplice. They dance, play musical instruments, have parties and get carried away by […]

Advent Challenge 9 – Holly Surplice


Our family history with Chris Riddell is a long one. It all started with The Bear Dance, a book we read over and over and over again, while I drooled at the illustrations. Muddle Earth, a collaboration with author Paul Stewart, followed: an absurd romp through an alternate universe, with […]

Advent Challenge 7 – Chris Riddell



I had someone else planned for today , but I have been following Louise Tate on facebook for some time and noticed today that she has her own advent challenge going on. She is doing an Animal Christmas Alphabet. As she has only gotten to day three and I have […]

Advent Challenge 4 – Louise Tate Illustrations







Malaprop(ism) ns. ludicrous misuse of word, esp. in mistake of one resembling it. (According to the Oxford English Dictionary). A recent correspondence with a columnist for the Saturday Star newspaper revealed some of the more amusing examples that turn up on his desk. “He was one of the guests that […]

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