The cover of Joy Manne's children's book, No I Won't Go to Bed, illustrated by Trudi Drewett

Joy Manne

Joy Manne is an author who has now turned her hand to children’s stories. With the help of illustrator Trudi Drewett. They approached us to bring text and image together for this their first book, “No, I won’t Go To Bed Tonight”.

A spread from Joy Manne's children's book, No I Won't Go to Bed, illustrated by Trudi Drewett

We worked with Trudi to create typography that followed the illustrations, and was part of the narrative.

A spread from Joy Manne's children's book, No I Won't Go to Bed, illustrated by Trudi Drewett

A spread from Joy Manne's children's book, No I Won't Go to Bed, illustrated by Trudi Drewett

A spread from Joy Manne's children's book, No I Won't Go to Bed, illustrated by Trudi Drewett

This was a great project, and we hope to be working on the next one soon! We love Trudi’s fun illustrations, particularly like the rogue numbers on the back!

The back cover of Joy Manne's children's book, No I Won't Go to Bed, illustrated by Trudi Drewett

We also designed and helped to self-publish another book for Joy with illustrator Trudi Drewett. This book, Don’t Blame the Dog, was a chapter book so needed more of a grid.

Chapter book cover design

Chapter book cover page

We needed to consider that the book should be easy to read and so choose a large and friendly font. We also prepared Trudi’s beautiful illustrations for print using them to break up the text.

Chapter book contents page

Chapter one book design

Where colour corrected and cropped the illustrations helping to decide which would work best where.

Chapter book layout design

Double page spread of chapter book design

It was a lovely experience working as a creative team!

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