Dragon Tangle

Dragon Tangle

Dragon Tangle Hb

I first started drawing dragons during my time at Edinburgh Zoo, and used them as a vehicle to develop illustration techniques. Dragon
Tangle
started out as a Dragon’s Year Calendar based on the medieval ‘Book of Hours’ convention, where illustrations depict typical
countryside activities associated with each month of the year.

After a suggestion by author Tania Connelly, where she described the chaos inflicted by a nor-west gale on a fair in Timaru, the book evolved into a day in the life of two dragons that go to a carnival.

Red Dragon

Red Dragon

In the dragon's castle

In the dragon’s castle

Going to the fair

Going to the fair

Dragon Tangle

Dragon Tangle Pb

Originally designed without any words at all, Scholastic were reluctant to publish the book without text and I made the great mistake of
using a rhyme, forcing the reader to fly past the very drawings I
wanted them to linger on. We tried to redress this in the paperback by placing a little quiz at the end of the book, encouraging readers to revisit the separate character stories told in the illustrations.

Dragon Tangle won the Choysa Book Award in 1990

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