Preliminary and finished artwork by Jill Barton for 'The Happy Hedgehog Band', written by Martin Waddell (Walker, 1991).
'The Happy Hedgehog Band'
- For more information, email the repository
- Advice on accessing these materials
- Cite this description
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 1840 JBa/01
- Dates of Creationc 1991
- Physical Description2 files
Scope and Content
At the time of deposit, Jill Barton provided the following contextual note with the artwork for 'The Happy Hedgehog Band': "This was my second picture book, the first was 'Grape Zoo' by Ivor Cutler. I have included an early characterisation sketch [see file JBa/01/01] which I took into Walker Books and wit which I was taught a salutary lesson. David Lloyd looked at it for a short while and them came out with his judgement...'TWEE'. He said a children's book should take place like a play before the reader's eyes. That I must absorb the words. DEEP IN THE HEART of Dickon Wood lived a HAPPY hedgehog named Harry. I went away to lick my wounds for a short while and came back with the first page as you see it now. Lesson learned! When I was doing the artwork I didn't realise that the sounds would be added later. Had I known, I would have tried to leave a little more 'air' for them, however the art editor, Helen Read, handled a difficult challenge very well. The children [school children that Barton showed the original artwork] know, of course, about foreign editions and why there is rarely writing on the artwork."