There once was…
Sarah Hoyle, an Oxford based illustrator asked Ollie Thomas, a musician and writer (and also her friend!) to write a short poem for an illustration. I think she said no more than a page was needed.
One year later she had 80,000 words of nonsensical streams of consciousness dumped on her desk. Over the last year or so it has been chopped and snipped into the beginning book of Cornelius’s adventures.
Young Cornelius (our hero) might not be a great magician (yet) but he does have his grandfathers magic hat THE MULTIPLIER. Unfortunately it is stolen by evil Crobag and the only way to get it back is by going to Mount Akavee!
Full of colourful characters and descriptions Cornelius and the Multiplier is aimed at children between the ages 4-10, although we reckon you could be an old pensioner and you’d still enjoy it (fingers crossed it goes over the 10-100 age group).
The beginning of Cornelius and his adventures start with the first book aptly named ‘The Beginning’ .
We printed the books at the incredible Hurst St Print Studios, a part of oxford history. With the help of master Dario we printed 40 hand stitched copies using risograph printing methods.
Book Two is steeped in the leaves of Grommeller the grumpy tree, trapped in the candied webs of the sticky blue spiders and sung through the bucked, whistling teeth of the singing deer.