Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Buy my work

These are some of my illustrations that are for sale. Click on to buy.

How The Seasons Came

How The Seasons came

The Great ball Play


Believe It Or Not

The Fire Brother

The Quail's Egg

Windy Night

Little Tiger

Monday, 29 March 2010

Rama and Sita

This black and white picture book is adapted from the Indian epic The Ramayana. The illustrations were inspired by the pioneer animator Lotte Reiniger. I watched her beautiful black and white shadow puppet films as a student.

Short film of The Tiger Child

This is a short animated film of one of my picture books The Tiger Child. It was made for the Rat-a-tat-tat series for Channel 4.

Friday, 26 March 2010

The Little Mohee

The Little Mohee is an American ballad and was my first published picture book. I was 22 years old and had just graduated from Hornsey College of Art. The folk song is found all over the USA, but I was inspired by the story of Pocahontas,so I set the illustrations around that period of American history. It was published by Macmillan.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Quest and Conquest

Quest and Conquest by James Reeves is Pilgrim's Progress retold. My black and white line illustrations were inspired by The Kelmscott Chaucer by William Morris.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

The Great Ball Play

This folk tale comes from the Creek of the South Eastern States of the USA. The Native Americans invented the game of Lacrosse, and it was played by many different tribes all over North America. The inspiration for my illustrations, however, was watching my sons playing park football as young children. This book was published by 'Happy Cat Books'.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Believe it or Not

This nonsense story is one of the many Law Tales told in Burma. These tales always have a judgement at the end of them delivered by the wonderfully named ' Princess-Learned-in Law.' The book is out of print but Amazon have a few copies still.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

The Tiger Child

The folk tale of The Tiger Child comes from Orissa in India. It explains why tigers eat their food raw now, and how the first cat came to live with people.  The Tiger Child is in print:,,Author_1000032877,00.html and also is a short film made for 'Rat-a-tat-tat' on Channel 4 :

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Whale's Canoe

This folk tale was told by the Aborigines of Australia to explain how the animals first came to Australia - by canoe of course!

Monkey and the Water Dragon

The legends of Monkey and his companions Pigsy and Tripitaka were first collected and written down in sixteenth century China. This tale of the terrible Water Dragon is just one of the many wonderful stories in that collection.

Monday, 15 March 2010

How The Birds Changed Their Feathers

This is a short film of one of my books directed by my husband Brian Melling. My brother Michael Troughton did the narration, and Tom Dussek arranged the music. How The Birds Changed Their Feathers was commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal for children's book illustration.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

How The Seasons Came

The story of the brave fisher, (an animal similar to an ermine,) who gave his life so that his friend the wolf's son might live, is told by the Algonquin of the north east USA. The fisher's body was turned into the stars that we know as the plough.

Monday, 8 March 2010

How Stories Came Into The World

The myth of Mouse and her story children comes from the Ekoi people of Nigeria. The other stories in this picture book come from the Efik Ibibio and the Yoruba.

The Magic Mill

The story of the Magic Mill is just one of the many folk tales told in Finland's national epic, The Kalevala.