Friday, February 8, 2008

Miranda Mary Piker

Everybody loves Roald Dalh's mischievous wit.
Unfortunately for most of us illustrators, Quentin Blake had a very fruitful and long-lasting collaboration with Dahl. So no one else got much of a look in.
I got my one chance to illustrate a really wicked Roald Dahl poem called "Miranda Mary Piker" for an anthology produced by Walker Books around 1990.
I've just discovered that this was in fact a character that he had edited out of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".
It was great fun to illustrate something as truly nasty and hilarious as this. 
I should do more of this kind of work as an antidote to my more serious books.

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