Nursery Rhyme sketches

children's books, design, idea, illustration, publishing, stories

An early sketch for ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ threw up several questions about the final image. Should it be 3-d somehow? Is it too scary for young children? I’m now experimenting a little more with the treatment of the artwork and it’s so much fun!

Mary had a little lamb

Activities & Play, children's books, illustration, Ken Wilson-Max, pre school books, publishing

A visual for a new nursery rhyme book. ©ken wilson-max 2011


The words of the American nursery rhyme Mary had a little lamb would appeal to a small children and introduces imagery of similes (white as snow) as part of use of the English language. The words also convey the hopeful adage that love is reciprocated! The words were written by Sarah Hale, of Boston, in 1830. An interesting historical note about this rhyme – the words of Mary had a Little Lamb were the first ever recorded by Thomas Edison, on tin foil, on his phonograph.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Activities & Play, children's books, illustration, publishing

Detail from Lenny has Lunch, published by Frances Lincoln, UK

Row, row, row the boat
gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily merrily
Life is but a dream.