March 19th, 2017

cakes in space: questions from israel

I had a lovely message a couple weeks ago:

Hello, Ms McIntyre.
I am a member of the Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy in Israel, and we hold monthly reading clubs. This month a bunch us of who have kids decided to start a reading club for children, too, and Cakes In Space was selected for the first session. It takes place this Saturday, and we were wondering if you could send the kids a video greeting from the illustrator. We think it would be so cool, they loves the pictures so much. :)
Itai Tzur

I don't usually have time to do this, but my co-author Philip Reeve and I have a good Hebrew publisher/translator named Gili Bar-Hillel who's been very supportive, and I was thrilled to get some feedback from Israeli readers! So I sent the book club this impromptu video from my studio:

And Itai and the book club came back with this video, full of questions! I asked Itai and he got permission from the parents to post it here. If you've read Cakes in Space, perhaps you were wondering about some of these things, too! (Thanks for translating everything, Itai!)

Here we go!
Yotam's question: Philip Reeve - did you draw him on purpose with lightning on his face?

I did! Philip's a huge fan of David Bowie, and I think he even looks a bit like him. Bowie also wrote famous songs about space, so it seemed very fitting for Cakes in Space! (It's not a Harry Potter scar.) :)

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