I confess, there is a page in Kangaroo’s Cancan Café that irritates me every time I see it. Julia Jarman’s text was: ‘Kangaroo went to France and saw a great dance. He soon became a big fan!’ This was my original illustration:
I thought it was great fun to adapt the famous Toulouse Lautrec cancan poster. However, the publisher worried that it looked as though the dog was too interested in the dancer’s bottom! This seemed to me a very adult concern, but I redesigned the poster, trying to keep enough of the original flavour that people would still get the reference:
For some reason though, the publisher was still not happy: at the last minute, the poster was removed entirely, leaving Kangaroo on his own, staring up at nothing! I don’t suppose other people notice, but it bugs me. I would have done something far more interesting with him, had I been given the chance!
(Illustration from Kangaroo’s Cancan Cafe published by Gullane Children’s Books)