A Hugless Douglas bear hug
November 4, 2015

We’re delighted to announce that we are adapting best-selling children’s picture book Hugless Douglas by author and illustrator David Melling.

Hugless Douglas Living Paintings

David has been author-in-residence, since June, on our online picture book Hub, Wigwam. To celebrate this we’re working hard to publish Hugless Douglas for the library in time for Christmas. The adaptation has been funded by Lifeline 4 Kids.

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David says “When I was made aware of Living Paintings and the incredible work they do the rest is history! Well, thank goodness that such charities exist.”

As part of his residency David has been creating special Doodle Diaries which illustrate what he has been up to, from going on tour in South Africa to joining Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell at The Big Draw in Oxford. Each time we post a Doodle Diary it’s accompanied by a short audio description so blind and partially children can enjoy their gentle humour too.

David Melling September blogBehind the scenes in the production room we’re currently putting together the colour selection for the tactile pictures in Hugless Douglas and writing the audio guide. It’s been a joy working on this loveable and humorous book!

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The excitement doesn’t stop there. Hugless Douglas has an app read by Alan Davies and is soon to star in his own animated TV show.

We have adapted three of David’s picture books, Just Like My Mum, Just Like My Dad and The Flying Diggers. They’re all huge hits in the library, so why not borrow them now.

Be the first to borrow Hugless Douglas!  Email library@livingpaintings.org and ask to be sent a book as soon as it’s published.

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