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The last page of the book show a series of small vignettes: Gramps with Rex, gazing out to the horizon, and time passing. There is no text here, the images hold the moment.

While choosing the illustrations for this article, I remembered how Jan and I had dovetailed it all together, how I couldn’t resist holding on to and extending those final moments between Gramps and Rex. We laughed about it, but those small hesitant pictures now feel so poignant. I could never have imagined that 18 months later my dear friend and mentor wouldn’t be around to celebrate the publication of our book.

Jan Ormerod died on 23rd January 2013. n

his knitted burnt-red pullover, as he does throughout the book. I try not to plan exactly how an image will look – I like to have somewhere to go with the art, and to be hands-on rather than digital. I aim to keep the freshness of the original sketches, which is so hard to do – how do you ever know when an illustration is finished and not be tempted to overwork it?

Carol Thompson has written and illustrated around 50 books translated into fifteen languages, including two indigenous SIOUX dialects, Dakota and Ojibwe. Her book Daddy, Papa and me won the Stonewall Honour Prize (American Library Association).

Looking for Rex by Jan Ormerod illustrated by Carol Thompson is published by Little Hare, 978-1921541483.

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