My first books were created using pencil on mylar overlays. They called it “pre-separation.” The burden fell on the artist to conceive of the color and create it using only grey and black on separate overlays. The colors loaded onto the print presses and the final color combinations were first seen as the sheets came off the press. I have this original artwork on our wall. It’s the “black plate” for the cover of Cross-Country Cat.
I was stunned when I saw how my artwork in Cross-Country Cat looked graced with the Japanese title. Japanese art has influenced me and I’m happy to see how the combination works so well. The second edition shown was the first one and it’s worn because I showed it to all of my live audiences in my Book Talks. I learned how to pronounce it, at least.
It’s fitting that Swedish kids get to see their national sport being done by a cat!
The first book about Henry the Siamese Cat, Cross-Country Cat was so popular it was turned into foreign language editions. This one is in Chinese (Cantonese). I like to joke that it’s very hard to read. I’m not sure which is my name on the front.