Wise old man, won't you help me, please? My house is a squash and squeeze.
What can you do if your house is too small? The wise old man knows: bring in a flappy, scratchy, noisy crowd of farmyard animals. When you push them all out again, you'll be amazed at how big your house feels!
My second picture book and the start of my collaboration with Julia Donaldson - we first met after the book had come out. In my sketch book I first drew the little old lady looking old and wrinkly - with a pointy chin and nose. But the editor wanted her to look more round and younger. This was the first of many compromises I made in my career! The story is based on an eastern European folk tale - but the publishers wanted a more universal look. I would still very much like to see how the book would look had I done it 'my way'.