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writing by Gail Aldwin and other Dorset writers

What’s happening? It’s pandemonium!

on August 14, 2020

The children’s picture book I’ve been working on with illustrator Fiona Zechmeister is doing its final round. Collaboration means that the illustrations and text for Pan de mo nium circulate between us. Now, Fiona is putting the finishing touches to the illustrations and I’m pleased to share some images that demonstrates the latter stages of the redrafting process.

Pan de mo nium is a story about Peta who doesn’t look like other pandas in the toy department because of her purple coat. This provides camouflage and enables her to get up to mischief. When a shop assistant spots Peta, this puts an end to her tricks. Peta must learn more about herself… but does this stop Peta’s fun? Of course not!

Here is the title page for Pan de mo nium. This image will also feature on the cover although the final layout is not yet agreed.

Thumbnail image

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The font was chosen early in the process, the word ‘pandemonium’ presented as if broken into syllables and the place of the title in the centre of the page agreed. The sketch of Peta gives an impression of movement and joy.

Coloured thumbnail

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Next we discussed colours. Fiona used watercolours to experiment with different shades of purple.

Final draft

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This image gives more light and shade to emphasise movement. Peta is jumping for joy! You can also see that Peta is a fluffy, fun and cuddly panda.

Praise for Pan de mo nium

Pan de mo nium is absolutely delightful! Peta the panda is stuffed full of fun and young ones will adore her.

Wendy White, Tir na n-Og Award Winner

The beautiful illustrations are full of movement and excitement, and the joyous story will appeal to young children and their parents.

Liz Poulain, children’s author and illustrator

Pan de mo nium will be released in December 2020 by Victorina Press.

 


2 responses to “What’s happening? It’s pandemonium!

  1. jim bates says:

    Love the colored image, Gail. This looks like it’s going to be a really fun book. Congratulations to both you and Fiona!

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