My dear Planksters,
I hope you are enduring the current cold snap!
Today, I bring you a book that cannot fail to warm your hearts.
Kenneth Graham’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’ is a loved classic – one of my favourite stories and one that I like to return to when the pressures of life are particularly heavy.
About a year ago I came across an artist on Instagram whose illustrations just blew my mind, it was the detail, the brushwork, and the whole execution of the pictures he created.
You can only imagine my sheer delight then, when I saw he was running a Kickstarter, inviting people to back his illustrated version of ‘The Wind in the Willows’. I was quick to support this project with the promise of a book that did not disappoint!
A few weeks ago, along with some lovely additional extras, including some stickers and postcards, my stunning copy of Chris Dunn’s book arrived - the joy, Planksters!!
This is more than a book, it’s a work of art! Published by Caurette, it comes as a sturdy hardback, well made and laid out beautifully – worth every penny! You could study each picture for hours – from the black and white drawings that head each chapter, to the full spreads and the spots in between.
I recall reading Chris Dunn saying that he had fun including his wife and two boys in the illustrations too, which I think is a lovely touch and a sweet tribute to them.
Planksters, if you’re stuck for gift ideas for this or any other time of the year, ‘The Wind in the Willows’ is one that will last a lifetime – it is guaranteed to bring hours of exquisite pleasure to people of all ages.
Check out Chris Dunn’s website, www.chris-dunn.co.uk where, besides being able to view a stunning array of his artwork, there is also a link to buy a copy of the book and a selection of other superb gifts, including a 2023 ‘Wind in the Willows’ calendar.
I can’t tell you how much happiness this book is bringing me! Thank you, Chris Dunn for sharing your huge talent with the world – making it a brighter place to live in!
Sincerely, with an inner glow that comes from consuming at speed, a full bowl of red-hot roly-poly pudding following an arctic ramble in the park.