Back in the – what, late eighties, early nineties? – Michael used to create a novel Christmas card each year. If I recall correctly, his friend and collaborator, the brilliant artist Derek Chambers, illustrated some of dad’s cards at that time. They became an annual highlight for his clients, friends and family.
Then, in the early noughties I guess, Michael took a different approach. He collaborated with his eldest son Tom to produce a yearly Christmas story. Tom drew the artwork and dad wrote the stories. I can’t verify which year each one is from, or therefore their order, but here they are for your enjoyment.
The six stories at the top are short reads, with dad’s storytelling and cover image by Tom. Talking Turkey is different to the others in having an experimental format: it is in a Word document, which the reader can personalise for any child.
The Land Where Lost Things Go is a standout creation. Dad and Tom worked in a tighter partnership for this one, to produce a more visually immersive illustrated story, which they printed and released.