As the protagonist of Mr Tweed’s Good Deeds, Jim Stoten’s wonderful new children’s counting book, he spends a productive and very altruistic day helping all manner of folk finding things they’ve lost.
Among the things he retrieves are goldfish, Mrs Fluffycuddle’s kittens and a bewildered Billy Webber’s eight socks.
What a lovely chap.
Throughout the book, illustrator Stoten continues to explore his passion for drawing flying objects. His recent exhibition at east London’s Jaguar Shoes, Eye in the Sky, featured all manner of planes, birds, and kites, and these also play a prominent role in the various scenes Mr Tweed encounters.
The tale is set out as an engaging, educational tool to help children count – though even as a grown-up it’s often tricky to spot the objects we’re helping Mr Tweed to find among Stoten’s brilliantly busy, bright illustrations.
However, as this means sending more time poring over things like a multitude of animals in clothing, we’re more than happy to spend our time helping this kind old dog assist in scouting out all those missing objects.
Mr Tweeds Good Deeds is out now, published by Flying Eye Books, Nobrow Press’ children’s imprint, priced £12.99