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Hoover the Hungry Dog Children’s Book – Free for Amazon Prime Users

Arctic Circle is my bread and butter, but I have a few side projects as a professional cartoonist and one of them is illustrating books. Usually I illustrate other people’s books (The More I See of Men, the More I Love My Dog; The Oddies children’s book series; The Art of Cartooning and Illustration; to name a few), but about ten years ago I wrote one of my own. I sent Hoover the Hungry Dog out to lots of publishers and got some good feedback, but didn’t get a deal because, though they liked the story and the characters, they thought the illustrations were too cartoony and that there needed to be more texture to the colours.Hoover the Hungry Dog is a great children's book to read to 1 to 5 year olds
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Frome With a View: Work in Progress

At the end of last year, the boyf, dog and I moved to Frome, a small town in Somerset (and thankfully, given the deluge, on a hill.). It’s a creative place and I found out about Frome Open Studios through a meeting of artists in The Old Bath Arms (most meetings seem to happen in pubs here – I went to Green Drinks last night and that was in The Archangel). A couple of weeks later, I was enrolled and committed to doing an exhibition in July. It’s called Frome With a View (Frome is pronounced Froom) and it is going to be about the town from a cartoonist’s perspective.
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Walking the Coast to Coast, With a Dog, the Other Way

Last week we returned from the biggest walk we have ever done – 200 miles from the Yorkshire Coast to the Cumbrian one in 18 days (we had a few rest days). It was tough, much tougher than the distance walking we had done in New Zealand. We had a real mix of weather (and our worst days were the bad weather ones, especially the gales and driving rain we had between Keld and Kirkby Stephen and up over Kidsty Pike, which is at the 800m mark, the peak on the profile below), but we were lucky because whenever we were camping, it wasn’t that wet.
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