Posts Tagged ‘ohnogeorge’

George’s World Tour

15 March, 2012 |  by
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George is doing a sort of virtual world tour of interviews for the next 9 days…!
Each blog has asked a set of questions.
the nine interviews are all here:

 

Not Just For Kids 13th March USA
Playing By The Book 14th March UK
Christchurch Kids 15th March NZ
Wahm Bam 15th March UK
There’s a book 19th March USA
My Little Bookcase 20th March Aus
Seven Impossible things before Breakfast 21st March US
Being a Mummy 22nd March UK
The Book Chook 23rd March Aus

Oh No George! Worksheets

23 February, 2012 |  by
Please feel free to download and use these worksheets. They are maximum A3 size but you can print at any smaller size just click HERE to download.

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thanks to omar for the graphic work.

OH NO GEORGE! Events

19 February, 2012 |  by

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LONDON……………………………………………………………………………

 

26th Feb
DESIGN MUSEUM SHOP 
Reading and workshop 2-4.30pm
http://designmuseum.org/families/young-people

 

27th Feb
People’s Supermarket. Fair Trade Exhibition.
Runs for 2 weeks 27th Feb-12th March
http://blog.chrishaughton.com/the-peoples-supermarket

 

 29th Feb 4.30-5.30
Englands Lane. Reading and signing
http://englandslanebooks.co.uk/

 

1st March. I will be doing signings in the following shops. pop in if you are in the area.
Foyles CXR
Foyles STP
V&A
Museum of Childhood
Tate Modern

 

2nd March  I will be doing signings in the following shops. pop in if you are in the area
The Lamb Bookshop
Waterstones Piccadilly
More TBC

 

3rd March
Book Launch Night (Victoria Park Books)
http://www.victoriaparkbooks.co.uk/

 

4th March
Discover Book event. Talk and presentation.
Stratford 1.15-2pm
http://www.discover.org.uk/

 

5th Talk.
Fair Trade Design Talk at the Peoples Supermarket
http://blog.chrishaughton.com/the-peoples-supermarket

 

 

DUBLIN……………………………………………………………………………

 

7th March
PIVOT exhibition of visual curiosities
Childrens Workshop 
http://www.pivotdublin.com/
Filmbase Temple Bar 

 

Irish Design Shop signing event 5-7pm
http://irishdesignshop.com/

 

8th March
TV3 Ireland AM
signings around Dublin
Easons event
Easons event with Chris Judge

 

9th -11th March
OFFSET
http://iloveoffset.com/

 

 

LONDON………………………………………………………………………………..

 

15th March
Presentation London YLG AGM
16th March
Start of Blog Tour 

 

PARIS………………………………………………………………………………………
17th March
Prix des bébés lecteurs de Nanterre
http://mediatheques.nanterre.fr

 

18th March
Paris Book Fair signing 4-6pm
http://www.salondulivreparis.com/
BOLOGNA………………………………………………………………………………..
19-22nd March
Bologna Childrens Book Fair
http://www.bolognachildrensbookfair.com/en/

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OH NO! what is george doing now? drawing worksheet: please feel free to download/print.

Oh No, GEORGE!: The making of…

26 January, 2012 |  by

FINALLY…! this book has been two years in the making…! This post is just to show where the idea came from, and how the book took shape. its also quite useful for me to put together this post because its always such a long process that i kind of forget where the ideas came from to begin with.

My first idea for this book was a cause and effect sequence called Oh No!… it was an idea for a sort of elaborate circular accident… i may come back to that idea in future in fact…

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I was toying with that but was reluctant to settle on it. Another idea was ‘Bad duck’ about a duck who was bad at being a duck.. swimming and quacking etc… its was a bit like a version of the Ugly Duckling and was sparked by seeing a worried looking duck in London who seemed to be swimming about 2 inches below the water level of his friends
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A third idea featured ‘clown man and clown dog’ which i think also could be quite good in the future…
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i didnt realise it at the time but all these ideas revolved around the idea of characters somehow messing up (which i thought would make entertaining drawings) I realised its a lot funnier if there is intention from the character to not mess up, so in the end i scrapped clown man and sort of fused all three ideas to make the dog the comic lead character.

 

One part of the picture book i try to make use of are the page-turns.. they can be great fun when reading aloud if there is bit of a build up so i decided to build up to a page-turn where the dog messes up somehow… that was how the basic idea came about … i jotted it down on 3 pieces of A4 which it turned out hardly changed at all from this first sketch.
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some initial character sketches…
 
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I usually draw from my head without using much reference but i found myself googling ‘guilty dogs’ to see if i could find some good material. It turns out there’s a lot about this on the internet. the video below is really worth watching if you havent seen it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8ISzf2pryI?wmode=transparent

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most of this work was done while i was in kathmandu. I went over to get more involved in my fair trade work and ended up staying between there and India for more than 8 months in 2010. I was lucky to work on some super projects there which was the main reason i was very late for my book deadlines. In fact this book was 9 months late and was supposed to have been out last august (!)

 

I did most of the sketches for george from this room..
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and i sent the bologna draft from this internet cafe (the monks were on facebook)

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this is me trying to finish it off the last images in the airport on my way home, i had to meet my editors deirdre and lucy the following week and i hadn’t done half as much as i had said i had… (!)
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This is the part of the book im most proud of.. the first page builds up in three images to a large close up of george with the text ‘what will george do?’ When the page turns the following double page spread tells us exactly what george has done.. OH NO!!!

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as you can see george does some pretty terrible things, but all is forgiven in the end

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the end-papers are a kind of before and after

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i quite liked having a little quote on the title page for A Bit Lost. i decided to go with this one from the stoic philosopher epictetus for George.

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the final proofs and tweaks were all done in a very intensive few weeks with the help from deirdre and dan when i got back to the UK (my room was being lived in so i did all this from my next door neighbour’s place!)

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Oh No George is out on the 1st March 2012 or available for pre-order in these countries, im told there are more to follow soon

Oh No, GEORGE! IRE/UK              here
Oh No, GEORGE! USA/CANADA    here
Stoute Hond Netherlands                here
Oh Non, GEORGE! France              here
Oh Nein, PAUL! Germany             here
Voi Sinua SULO! Finland                here
¡Oh no, Lucas!   Spain                    here
Oh no, Charlie!   Catalan                here

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Reviews

Kirkus Review USA
The Guardian UK
Childrens Book Council USA
Oh Nein Paul! smitzjunior.com Germany
lenifiants
milrazones

 

 

AWARDS

GERMANY
Nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize 2-6 category

White Raven selection 2013 

FRANCE
Winner of the 2013  Je lis, j’elis‘ 2013 Award for picturebooks

UK/IRE
Nominated for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize
Nominated for the UKLA Awards
Nominated for the Irish Book Awards
Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Kate Greenaway Medal
Nominated for the Waterstones Prize
Winner of the Junior Magazine Picture Book of the Year
Nominated for the CBI Awards Ireland
Nominated for LoveReading4 kids Reader’s book prize 2013
Nominated for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards

US
Amazon.com’s top 10 picture books of 2012
Winner of 2012 ‘Little Awards for Big Books’ Picture Book category

 

SWITZERLAND
Nominated for the Carouge Story Book Award

 The making of ‘A Bit Lost’ is here