David Mackintosh

What books did you read when you were a child?
Memorable reading was from Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Tomi Ungerer, Maurice Sendak, The Magic Pudding, Richard Scarry, Treasure Island. I owned few books, but enjoyed my weekly Tuesday night visit to the local library where I’d borrow three books at a time. I’d choose picture books to borrow and then buy comics with my pocket money.

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
Humpty Dumpty. I’d like all the attention.

What is the best thing about reading?
It can transport you somewhere from where you are – for a moment, or for ten or twenty pages. It’s up to you. It is exciting to have this ability at your fingertips.

What is your all time favourite book?
Grimble by Clement Freud (with a few illustrations by Quentin Blake), became a real favourite because Grimble’s independence from his family resonated with me. Many of the strange characters that make up his world are even more fascinating because they are absent from Grimble's life in the story but are so cleverly written into the narrative. It really depicts the generation gap in an interesting and humorous way.

David Mackintosh is an acclaimed graphic designer and illustrator and has worked with some of the biggest names in children’s publishing. He illustrated Treasure Island (Alma Classics) which is out now.

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