The exact details of this project (first mentioned on Neil’s site) have changed a bit since the originally planned collaboration. The idea was for me to write humorous and quirky poems about foxes and the good mister would create pen and ink illustrations to go with each one. That idea was hot in June but shortly after the initial enthusiastic announcement, Neil and I both got busy on other work, leaving the foxes on a back burner. This week, I approached him discuss the future of the book.
There will still be a book of fox-related words and illustrations, but instead of the project involving two Dixons, I shall be the sole creator. This is very exciting and less terrifying that I thought. I’ve always wanted to write a children’s book in the inspired vein of Shel Silverstein– quirky illustrations and words with a broad age range appeal. I’ve been writing that sort of poetry for as long as I can remember. I think it’s about time I do something with it.
I’ll provide updates and previews here.