Friday, 2 January 2015


As we zoom into 2015, let's have a look at beginnings and ending. Some illustrators do endpapers, others don't –  but I love them. They feel as important to me as the first paragraph of a novel ... a sort of mise-en-scène ... an artful visual placing of what is about to happen – as powerful as walking into a theatre and confronting the curtains up, on a stage already set.

So I ransacked my shelves and have come up with 15 for you to guess at... some old, some new... titles and illustrators at the end. Some have different endpapers at the front to those at the back and some I'll give a hint of, by adding an interior pic. So here we go starting with two forests:



And now no 3, a book from the US with two different endpapers 


Some illustrators prefer patterns (I'll add an interior pic of the next 4 books to give a hint)






Some illustrators do multiple drawings on the endpapers




Some do single illustrations that add to the story


No 13 has different endpapers at the start and finish of the book.



 No 14, is the double spread of the endpaper shown at the beginning of the blog with us zooming into the future of 2015. Have fun! Hope its a good year for all!


And finally an endpaper with 'The beginning...'


How many did you get? 

I'd have liked to include more, but the process of scanning on an ancient A4 scanner then merging pics to get the entire spread, then taking screen shots of merged pic & saving to iPhoto and then cropping... became a long one! So 15 it is.

1. Pookie in Search of a Home by Ivy L Wallace published by Collins UK
2. Little Evie in the Wild Wood Jackie Morris illustr by Catherine Hyde pub Frances Lincoln UK
3. Zen Ghosts by Jon J Muth published by Scholastic US
4. The Big Pets by Lane Smith published by Viking US
5. Jamela's Dress by Niki Daly published by Frances Lincoln UK
6. Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora pyblished by Greenwillow books US
7. Celebration Song by James Berry illustr by Louise Brierley, Hamish Hamilton UK
8. The Magic Bojabi Tree by Dianne Hofmeyr illustr by Piet Grobler pub Frances Lincoln UK
9. Why the Sun & Moon Live in the Sky retold & illustr by Niki Daly published by Lothrop US
10. The Arrival by Shaun Tan published by Hodder UK
11. The Tree of Life by Peter Sis published by Walker UK
12. Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf, drawings by Robert Lawson published by Viking US
13. Do the Whales Still Sing? by Dianne Hofmeyr illustr by Jude Daly published by Dial US
14. Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan 
15. Varmints by Helen Ward illustr Marc Craste published by Templar UK

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Pippa Goodhart said...

Beautiful and inspiring. Thank you, Dianne.

jackie said...

Beautiful. I love the space endpapers give to a book. Always think of a picture book as a theatre performance. The endpapers are the curtain up and the curtain closed.

Dianne Hofmeyr said...

Yes... like walking into the theatre and seeing the stage set fro The Curious Incident of the Dog ... was just marvellous.
But this is a competition... says someone who hates competing!!! What are your scores? Some have told me on email... zero and another an 8! But no one is admitting here on line! We will have wake fro America to wake up because of the US books.

Paeony Lewis said...

Gorgeous, but only two for me and I'm an endpaper groupie - appalling! Plus Varmints is one of my favourites so I couldn't fail with that one.

Dianne Hofmeyr said...

I thought no one would get Varmint Paeony!!! Some are a bit obscure but chosen because they were rather lovely. I'm an endpaper junkie too.