This has to be the most fun I’ve had making a book ever: The Adventures of the Very Brave and Particular Nose. Bestselling crime novelist Margie Orford asked us to make this tiny children’s book to raise money for the Shine Centre. The Shine Centre pairs children who struggle with reading with volunteer adults who act as their learning partners.
The Adventures is the tale of a nose that travelled time and the world to find, at last, the perfect face to stay upon. Margie wrote it for the son of a friend whose nose had been scarred by her dog (only lightly scarred, but it was quite a scare). The illustrations are by Andrew Walton.
This little book is only 97 × 71 mm and 48 pages long. One rarely gets to design a book this size, so it was a lovely break from more routine work. We printed small runs of paperbacks with lovely creamy, bulky paper.
After the launch, reviewer Alex Smith said, “It is a tiny triumph, illustrated with whimsical line drawings by Andrew Walton, and just small enough to fit into a Christmas sock.” And Margie said nice things about us, too: “Electric Book Works worked wonders on a very small book for me in no time at all. The Very Brave & Particular Nose, a story for Jack was put together and published in about three weeks. So anyone who needs something done beautifully and fast – then Arthur is your man”.
There is no ebook version. Yet.