I’ve found another writer / illustrator: Helen Ward. I have quite a few of her books already, but they are all illustrated by Wayne Anderson so I never twigged. I found Wonderful Life at a book sale and promptly bought two copies.
It is the story of a little creature, an Ift called Snutt. Snutt is an explorer and a dreamer who travels through space finding life all over the universe:
As usual with the children’s picture books, I cannot convey the impact of the illustrations. They are large double page spreads about 60cm wide. The best I can do is show you some details.
This is a great story to read aloud, full of the funny and fabulous names of the creature he discovers. ” Blossiblums” , ” tuffetilss”, “euphoric florifors” and “sticky-footed flewimols”.
Snutt it overawed by the diversity and beauty around him. I defies his attempts to record and measure.
He misses having some-one to share his joyful discoveries with. He is lonely.
Luckily there is another explorer on the planet, a Waft, and pretty soon, they run into one another:
Snut in his joy at meeting the Waft, undergoes a surprising transformation, and it turns out that he is just as amazing as the creatures and plants he has been examining: