James De La Rue gets to finally meet the author of Spy Dog, Andy Cope.
"Last week my daughter Amy and I were thrilled to meet Andy Cope, author of Puffin’s big-selling Spy Dog/Spy Pups series I’ve been illustrating now for, oooh, ages. Despite years of mutual involvement this was the first time Andy and I had actually met. He was visiting Round Hill School in my home town so I took the opportunity to put a face to the prose, not least because he was accompanied by one of the heroes of the series herself, Spy Pup Star. I knew Amy, a big fan, would appreciate the chance, to say the least. Thanks for a great afternoon Andy, thanks for Amy’s t-shirt, and thanks to the lovely staff at Round Hill.
At the time of writing I’m frantically finishing illustrations for the new Andy Cope installment, “Spy Cat: Summer Shocker”, before flying off to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. In the meantime, here’s a few tasters from the de la Rue sketchbook. More news from me soon…"