Children's Books:

In Print
In Print
In Print
Available through John Stadler
Out of Print
Available through John Stadler or Mazza Museum
Available through John Stadler
Available through John Stadler
Available through John Stadler
Out of Print
Out of Print
Out of Print
Out of Print
Available through John Stadler
Available through John Stadler
Available through John Stadler

CATILDA

Here is a good friend of mine doing an outstanding job of reading CATILDA to his grandchildren!


I am particularly proud of this book.

I originally drew this story out using two approaches. One was as a new Snail adventure. The other approach was using Catilda. Things didn't work out well with it as a Snail book. And in the end, I preferred the emotionality of Catilda to the humor of Snail, anyway.

When I showed the book dummy to Dick Jackson, he sent me a postcard that I had painted and mailed to him some years earlier while working on THE CATS OF MRS. CALAMARI. That postcard cat had a distinctly different presence as compared to my usual cats. I used it as the basis for her look.

Technically, the book was very challenging. Originally, I was going to use a liquid mask on the paper to allow heavy applications of color in a single pass. That had to be abandoned once it was discovered that the mask was wrecking the paper when being lifted. So I ended up painting layer upon layer of very light color on damp paper to keep the sharp, cut-out look of the book. While incredibly laborious, it ended up providing the soft, dreamy feeling much more appropriate to the story.