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#GuestPost from Gail Aldwin #Author of ‘This Much Huxley Knows’ ~ A Story of Innocence, Misunderstandings, and Acceptance @gailaldwin

I am delighted to have a piece on Cathy Ry’s blog about the background stories to some of the fictional settings in This Much Huxley Knows. Click here to pop over for a read.

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What’s happening? It’s pandemonium!

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.

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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.

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

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