From the sketchbooks: Six foot, seven foot, eight foot, bunch!

Activities & Play, african, children's books, idea, illustration, Ken Wilson-Max, publishing

West Indian culture and folklore is often forgotten in favour of African. Maybe forgotten is the wrong word; more like pushed aside. But it is a rich and lyrical source of material for children to learn from and enjoy. Its educational value is not in question as it indirectly chronicles the days of slavery when different cultures (African, European, Creole and Native American) were thrown into a melting pot and allowed to bubble away. That period of the world’s history was both exciting and dark. That’s how I see it, anyway.

As a child in the 60’s I watched Harry Belafonte sing the Banana Boat Song with absolutely no understanding of its meaning, but an addictive curiosity  about why its rhythm made me want to move…

I get it now and the story it tells is rich and deceptively simple. I’ve started to research more songs and stories in the hope of making books about them in my own way. Post a comment if you want to see more.


The Wisdom Of Winnie the Pooh

african, character, children's books, iPhone illustrations, Ken Wilson-Max, kids, London, North London, publishing


A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.

-Winnie The Pooh


I was on a train underground stuck between stations, sardined between commuters and tourists when this came to mind.


2010 in review


The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 83 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 92 posts. There were 197 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 33mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was February 15th with 72 views. The most popular post that day was No.4 Bus from Finsbury Park to Waterloo.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were, WordPress Dashboard,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for freedom of speech, illustrationist, freedom of opinion, london paintings, and grace jones.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


No.4 Bus from Finsbury Park to Waterloo February 2010


Freedom of Speech July 2010


About December 2009


The Haircut July 2010


Finally, something to smile about April 2010