Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Indie Pen-Dance Wednesday. Spotlight on Inkology and Dom Conlon's fabulous stories for children including "Tiny the Giant" and "Tommy Tickletail"

Tiny the Giant / Tommy Tickletail

Written by Dom Conlon

Illustrated by Nicola Anderson / Carl Pugh
Published by Inkology

We've followed Dom Conlon's writing for quite a while - a regular on our Twitter timeline, and part of a creative collective behind brilliant apps and stories for children, Dom is putting together a superb collection of stories for children in digital formats.

Starting with "Tiny the Giant" we've taken a look at a couple of Dom's collaborations - with illustrations by Nicola Anderson (Tiny the Giant) and Carl Pugh (Tommy Tickletail), Inkology's output is definitely worth keeping a very close eye on.

"Tiny the Giant" mixes bold colourful illustrations with the story of a giant with a deep booming voice who is actually a bit tiny and reedy (but shhh, don't tell him we said that). Travelling through the land, Tiny wants to find at least SOMETHING that he's a giant in comparison to. The mountains whisper "You don't look very giant to us", as do the trees. Tiny continues his quest but will he ever feel giant in such vast surroundings?

We'll let you tiptoe through the book yourself and find out.

With "Tommy Tickletail", a cat is the star but this is not a feline to be messed with. Everyone tiptoes around the house when Tommy Tickletail is sleeping. Definitely do NOT wake Tommy, the consequences could be dire!

As we've always said when we convince folk that indies and self published books should not be overlooked, the quality of Inkology's initial offerings is superb. Dom has a gift for stories that flow and are a pleasure to read aloud, and we loved Nicola and Carl's distinctly different but brilliantly fitting illustations for both stories we looked at (Tommy Tickletail's wicked eyes! Oh my!)

Brilliant stuff. If you'd like to learn more about Inkology, pop on by their website and see their fabulous books for yourself.

Charlotte's best bit: Trying to measure her shadow like Tiny!

Daddy's Favourite bit: A perfect pair of brilliant stories, with lots more on the way. Inkology are worth keeping your beady eye on!

(Kindly sent to us for review in digital format by Dom @ Inkology)