Henry is a very organized sort of pig who decides to draw a map of his farm so that all the farm animals will know where everything should be. Somehow it doesn’t work out quite as he had planned…
Sometimes the characters you have in your head take on a life of their own and do unexpected things. I was writing a story about another pig entirely, a very noisy pig called Geoffrey.
Somehow Geoffrey got into a conversation with some sheep and mistakenly told them he was
making a map of his farm rather than the racetrack he was really trying to design. The sheep
naturally wanted to be in his map then we all followed along behind an increasingly quieter and
more orderly pig to see what he was going to draw next. Geoffrey had changed into Henry and
the story just wrote itself after that.
Like many other illustrators I tend to enjoy roughing out the ideas and characters for a story more than completing the finished art and I think this shows in the drawings.
Henry’s Map was chosen for School Library Journal’s Best Books List for 2013.