Nicola Bayley, illustrator and favourite books for children
The Patchwork Cat written by William Mayne and illustrated by Nicola Bayley
Nicola Bayley did the beautiful illustrations for the Mousehole Cat, talked about in an earlier post. I did a search to see what else she had illustrated and ordered this one, The Patchwork Cat. The illustrations are every bit as gorgeous.
It tells the tale of Tabby, a 'patchwork' cat who loves her patchwork blanket. When it's thrown away because it's old and dirty she inadvertently lands in the rubbish cart (because she'd crawled in to the bin to sleep on her blanket) and has to try to find her way home - carrying the blanket.
Just look how well NB has caught the fear in the face below - she's like Beatrix Potter in being able to show the feelings of an animal whilst still being true to life and not Disney-like.
All, luckily, ends happily as , lost and very tired as she drags her blanket, she comes across the milkman who takes her and her patchwork blanket home. Look at that blissful face :>) (for those of you in the US, we have milk delivered daily to our door by the 'milkman')
She is SO much like my little madame, who lies just like that in my arms when she's in the mood. I would imagine her face had that same scared expression when she was lost for almost a week earlier in the year :>(
I will definitely buy more of NB's books to add to the bookshelves of my little grandson - ready for when he's a little older.
Aren't the illustrations gorgeous?