Excuse me while I freak out a little bit. Eeeeeeeee!!!
Ok, I'm back. And now, context.
The story of "A Monster Calls" is a unique one. In 2008, author Siobhan Dowd passed away from breast cancer, leaving behind notes for what would have been her next novel. Author Patrick Ness took the idea and ran with it, creating a powerful story that grapples with the complexity of grief using both surreal imagery and an accurate insight into the human psyche. And it was artist Jim Kay who brought it to life with his haunting illustrations. Read more about the collaboration between Ness and Kay here. (Fun fact: the artwork below was Kay's first test drawing, but Ness thought it was perfect, so he printed it as is.)
This story is achingly beautiful. I recently re-read it... and it STILL makes me cry. I can honestly say it changed my perspective on the power of storytelling. In short, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.
All that to say, I recently found out that J.K. Rowling has hand-picked Jim Kay to illustrate the next release of the Harry Potter series!!! Take a look.
Gaaahhhh!!! Am I right??
Sorry for the fan-girling, I'll get back to the story... So Jim Kay is pretty excited about the job. He is a Harry Potter fan himself and has enormous respect for J.K. Rowling. Click here for the full interview.
It's amazing to think, all of Potter's world, the streets, the shops, the creatures, the characters, all of these wonderful things come from the brain of one person. To me, that's magic, some grey matter in someone's head inspires others to read, play and create ideas of their own. It's like a spell that jumps from person to person, recasting itself as it goes. I want to keep that spell going, perhaps adding my own little twist, if possible.
I can't wait to see his version of Harry Potter's magical world. I'm so excited for you, Jim!