When getting to know both Hest and Oxenbury through the internet I found that they are both honest and down to earth good people who are doing what they love. What an inspiration to artists.
As usual it’s the illustrations that bring When Charley Met Grampa to this blog, however it’s Hest’s story that will make a great sequel as Charley and Henry grow into adults or maybe not.
The watercolours are magnificent with playful curls in the trees and lovely dashes and spots of snow on the subjects. Oxenbury’s observations of her own family helped her develop her skills with painting children, her drawings develop into painting from what I can see. Enjoy the English country side where only there will you find people holding umbrellas while it snows.
There is a lot of SNOW in Calgary, I’m trying to find the FUN in it, the WIND is similar to the story, hang onto your hat.