WINNER - BOOKTRUST EARLY YEARS AWARD
SHORTLISTED - HAMPSHIRE PICTURE BOOK AWARD
"Wonderfully warm, cheerful and eloquent...a treat” FINANCIAL TIMES
"Gloriously uplifting” DAILY MAIL
“Truly inspired and infectiously optimistic - this book is irresistible” CAROUSEL
“Musical magic on the page...Fantastic!” BOOK TRUST
I didn’t set out to write a book about Synaesthesia, it just sort of happened! I wanted to write a book that would encourage children to try to learn a musical instrument and hopefully not give up at the first hurdle as I had done; the violin wasn’t for me, well not me aged 8!
I wasn’t sure how I was going to show sound in the book and then I remembered learning about Kandinsky’s sound paintings at school. While researching the work of Kandinsky, I stumbled on a newspaper article about how he thought he could hear his paintbox hiss. The idea of colours having different sounds fascinated me and this led me to find out more about Synaesthesia.
I particularly enjoyed coming up with the names for the colour swatches featured at the front and back of the book. The front endpapers feature ‘quiet’ colours used in the book; my favourite is Pin Drop Pink. The back endpapers feature the ‘loud’ colours used, I particularly like Quincy Tangerine.
Click here to watch a quick box TV review for Here Comes Frankie, in this short film by WE ARE INVITE.