|That's Barklem's real painting desk!|
|Look, Granny Marigold! Teacups!|
If forced to choose favorite pictures from this book, these would be the ones. I love the wealth of detail, the step-back cupboards, weighty beams overhead, and stone floors. It's why I chose to redo my kitchen as I did.
This book by Barklem begins with a sort of written interview with her. Sketches show how she creates her little mice.
And the world they live in:She talks about her writing process.
I adore cross-sections of structures (especially trees) like the one below! It combines my love of order and architecture with my creativity and domesticity.
I love the idea of living inside a cozy tree.
Barklem's tree-living reminds me very much of Shirley Barber's Martha B. Rabbit stories. Martha lives in an apple tree.
One winter Martha and her friend Tabitha take in all the cold, hungry woodland inhabitants who need help - fairies, birds, deer, mice, and even an elf!
Barklem's picture of this mouse before his winter fire reminds me very much of Mole and Ratty and Badger.
The afternoon temperatures and mosquito clouds outside may not agree, but I think it's the time of year to visit Brambly Hedge and the Apple Tree House and The Riverbank, don't you?