Q&A with Pat Hutchins

Q&A with Pat Hutchins

Q&A with Pat Hutchins, author of Where, Oh Where, is Rosie’s Chick? (7th May, Hodder Children’s Books) a sequel to the 1968 Rosie’s Walk.
 
 
What is the book about?
 
The story is about Rosie [the hen from the original picture book] and she lays an egg, but she only sees a shell and doesn’t realise the chick is underneath. She goes to look for her chick but unbeknownst to her the shell is following her! Whatever she does has unexpected consequences, so when she looks in a basket of logs the logs fall down and stop her chick falling in a puddle. There’s also a fox and throughout the story you think the fox is following Rosie but in the end she finds her fox cub, and you realise like Rosie she was looking for her child.
 
 
Why did you decide to do a sequel to Rosie’s Walk 48 years later?
 
I had been asked to do a sequel before and I couldn’t think of a reason to do one but when Anne McNeil [publisher at Hodder Children’s] approached me I started to think about what would happen if Rosie had a chick, and the sequel was born.
 
 
What techniques did you use to illustrate the book?
 
I wanted this book to have the feel of the original. When I was drawing Rosie’s Walk I was limited to three colours – yellow, black and red – because of cost. So I could make some different colours like brown but there was no blue. With the new book I first of all used blue but it didn’t look right so I took it out. And for both books I did the line drawings first before adding the colour in after.
 
 
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
 
I’m still thinking of ideas at the moment! I’m at that frustrating stage where I’m just staring at a blank piece of paper.