It was already spitting on the tarmac. I could see it on the window before we took off.
Today is Remembrance Sunday and I thought about a school visit I did, talking to some children about picture books and that type of thing. One little girl asked me about The Frank Show which is a book about a boy whose grandfather is a source of some embarrassment to him, until he learns a little about Frank's life.
The girl pointed to the picture below and asked me what type of phone Frank was using. I said it wasn't a phone but a hearing aid to help him hear things better. And she said that if he had a phone he could show people pictures about his life instead of telling stories all the time.
I had to agree with her. But Frank was probably too busy to take pictures during the war because he was a soldier and had lots of more important things to do. She thought that hearing aids were a good idea.
I like how pictures can generate questions as well as make statements about things. Someone told me that children born this century don't recognise a dial-telephone. If they see it they can ask, is my opinion. It keeps them thinking and asking and learning.
Frank wouldn't be patient enough to work a smartphone anyway.
Fox terrier, rural France, 1998.
A Dog with Nice Ears was launched in Battersea Park, in earshot of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and a stone's throw from the Chelsea Hospital. Lauren Child stood on a chair and spoke to the baying crowd. There was a professional dog show where a small dog put a tiny load of washing into a minuscule washing machine. I've never seen such a thing in my life before then, but I swear it happened.
If you like dogs, have thought about getting a dog, or have a vivid imagination, you might like this book too.
Armin Greder's new book The Mediterranean is another impressive observation of the risks displaced people take to make a better life. See Armin's books The Island and Flight, and you'll see what I mean.
Wordless – apart from an opening sentence – the pictures tell a backstory that is familiar but often forgotten by others when refugees arrive in a foreign place. Or at least try.
The dramatic lighting in the photos of the book is unintentional. Believe me, it's not needed.