Check out my reviews of Sleuth on Skates, Gargoyles Gone AWOL and Scam on the Cam, and if you're in the UK or Ireland, after the interview, enter my #SesameSolves giveaway on Twitter to win a set of all three books! Huge thanks to Hodder Children's Books for their generosity.
- 1. When you close your eyes and imagine your readers, who do you see?
- 2. When you first created the character of Sesame, did you have a mental image of her? If so, how close is that to Sarah’s drawings of her?
Then, when I saw Sarah’s first sketch of Sesame, I immediately thought – “That’s it! That’s Sesame!”. I ‘recognised’ her, even though I’d never seen her.
- 3. Some of the villains in Sesame Seade are rather nasty pieces of work. Who’s your all-time favourite fictional baddie?
- 4. You use some really complicated vocabulary and references, including Gorgias, Thomas Aikenhead, and incarnadine in your first two Sesame Seade books. Are you expecting children to understand them or look them up, or are they a nod to your adult readers?
But I was flabbergasted that my editor let me keep the sentence ‘and the multitudinous seas incarnadine’ (I think that’s the sign of a good editor!). Maybe one kid will remember the line in a few years’ time, when rediscovering it in a Shakespeare class…
- 5. How long can we expect to be following Sesame's adventures for? Any chance of her lasting to the point where she becomes a Cambridge student herself? (Crossing my fingers here!)
- 6. What's next for Clementine Beauvais?
- 1. How much guidance do you get from either the author or publishers when you're illustrating a book?
- 2. There have been some brilliant adventures for Sesame in the first two books (and more to come, I’m sure, in the third.) What’s been your favourite picture to draw?
- 3. Has there been any scene in the Sesame Seade series so far which has left you thinking "How on earth am I going to draw that?”
- 4. When growing up did you always want to be an illustrator? Who were your favourite illustrators as a child?
I loved Richard Scarry's books and the amazing detail in his work. I also loved books by Judith Kerr, Babbette Cole and Raymond Briggs. One of my absolute favourites was Don’t Forget The Bacon by Pat Hutchins.
- 5. What's next for Sarah Horne?
Sounds fab! Thanks for talking to me, both.
Now, do you want to read these awesome books? You should do! And I have a set to give away to a lucky winner in the UK/Ireland.
To enter, just head to Twitter and tell me which mystery, fictional or real-life, you'd most like to see Sesame solve! Tweet using the hashtag #SesameSolves and I'll pick a winner on Thursday 17th April. Closing date to enter is 11:59pm BST Wednesday 16th April.
UK and Ireland only, 13 or over, please. If you win, I'll get in touch with you and ask you for your address to pass on to publishers, then delete it once you've received your books.
Thanks to Stacey and Debbie for advice given on the giveaway, by the way.