Our new Florence and Watson & the Sugarbush Mouse book is here!
I had such fun illustrating this book. I drew everything by hand, in pencil, inked them and scanned them in. I then coloured them in Photoshop.
Developing the characters and the world of the Sugarbush Mountain was a magical treat. Bringing the world that Rob and Dani created is probably every illustrators dream.
The story was also developed as a play that went to the Grahamstown Festival festival in July. Dean Balie and Sne Dladla brought our two heroes to life. Read the fantastic review here.
About our book, by Rob van Vuuren:
Florence and Watson are singing, dancing Honey Badgers who love kids and telling stories. The story about the Little Striped Mouse who discovered a unique and special talent that saves her village and the Magic Proteas that grow on Sugarbush Mountain is one of their favourites.
Florence and Watson and the Sugarbush Mouse is a hilarious, touching and magical kids show with great music and a feel good message all brought to you by a multi award winning team of theatre-makers.
Producer, Siv Ngesi (Standard Bank Ovation Award Winner) , has brought together a team of artists that are passionate about storytelling and bringing the rich world of Florence and Watson alive.
Dani Bischoff (Barclays LÁtelier Western Cape Finalist) and Rob van Vuuren (Standard Bank Ovation, Comics Choice and SAFTA Award Winner) have written and directed a show for children that is inspired by all their 4 and a half year old daughter’s favorite stuff.
'We wanted to put together a show that our own daughter would love. So we've created a magical mountain full of fairies, dragons, giants and talking animals and found the best most versatile actors and musicians we could (Fleur du Cap Award Winner Dean Balie - Kat and the Kings, Blood Brothers, Orpheus in Africa) and Fleur Du Cap and Standard Bank Ovation Award Winner Sne Dladla - Fergus of Galloway, Betty and the Yeti, Orpheus in Africa) to infuse it with great comedy, awesome music and beautiful performances.' Says Van Vuuren.
Florence and Watson and the Sugarbush Mouse also boasts the design talents of celebrated illustrator, graphic designer and thing maker, Lauren Fowler.