I love the crazy, varied nature of my work and today I am beginning illustrating for my latest project – a tongue twisting book for The Rhymers!!! This book really taps into my silliness and I can’t wait to release it! Some of the tongue twisters are inspired by old classics such as “She sells sea shells” but many are completely new based on the characters of The Rhymers themselves.
The hero for my tongue twisting book is Mubble Pup. He is Rhyme Island’s dizzy-leg-sick dog who is always getting things muddled up, or mubbled up as he would say! It is therefore with joy that he wanders around Rhyme Island mubbling up each of The Rhymers in turn with a tongue twister and a lot of silliness! What a happy, mubbling day!
The working title for this book is “Mubble Pup’s Mubble Twisters” and an early draft of the cover for the book can be seen from a screenshot within Adobe InDesign below. There is much work to do on this cover yet, including giving Mubble Pup a twisted tongue!
Sneak Preview of the Tongue Twisters…
A sneak preview into a few of the tongue twisters hoping to make it into the book…
Our Rhymers Hairy and Scary embrace the classic “She sells sea shells” and give it their own twist…
“Scary scares Hairy’s hairs by the seashore.”
Giggle and Jiggle love making and playing with jolly jelly…
“Jiggle and Giggle juggle giggling, jiggling jolly jelly.”
Pop and Top always get upset whenever their bubbles burst, especially if they are pickled, peppered bubbles…
“Pop and Top’s pickled, peppered bubbles popped.”
If you have ideas for any other tongue twisters for The Rhymers I would love to hear from you and who knows, they may be appearing within book 2!
New book layout
As a first for The Rhymers series I am looking to illustrate across the double-page spread for this book. I feel there is so much going on in each of the pages that having the full double-page for the muddling action of Mubble Pup with the Rhymers is going to be enormous fun.
An early draft of the first spread from the book can be seen in the screenshot below.
There is also a serious side to producing this book. Research shows that tongue twisters are incredibly effective way of improving speech and language development in a fun and engaging way. A great article by kidspot looks at this in more detail.
So please be in touch with any tongue twisting ideas and I hope you will be getting your tongue around this book soon!