What I have found cheering, however, is comments from the parents of babies and toddlers I have given copies to. Most have said that their baby has thoroughly enjoyed pointing, chatting and chewing on Gilbert the cat. I've also received some very useful constructive criticism about the pages that were often flicked over and I've quite a few changes planned when I can get the time together (most hours not spent chasing the two boys are engaged on some real payed work and I'm submerged in a Beastquest annual at the moment).
Another cheering story is the recent broadcasting of Rastamouse, as seen on cbeebies this week! The illustrator of the original book is a friend of my friend Jane Cabrera , and apparently this book was rejected by all the mainstream publishers so the author and illustrator ended up self-publishing and self-promoting. The book got great reviews and now it's on Cbeebies! There you go!
And on another high note, I went to see my friend Amy Chudley's debut exhibition this afternoon at Birdwood House, Totnes. Lovely portraits and big bold flowers. If you are in the vicinity this week, check it out!
I'll leave you with a couple of pics of the original Gilbert, the cat behind the book, just because he's lovely!