Illustrator and author James Mayhew’s Graffeg publications include The Knight Who Took All Day (adapted as a work for narrator and orchestra by Bernard Hughes) and illustrations for the Mouse and Mole series by Joyce Dunbar, animated for television with the voices of Alan Bennett and Richard Briers. He is also the creator of the Katie art books and Ella Bella Ballerina series.
‘I adore Koshka’s Tales… This is a book to be loved and shared time and time again, and I firmly believe a copy should be on every bookshelf.’ Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs
‘Koshka’s Tales is a marvelous book, its language as glossy and gratifying as its artwork. Its tales within a tale, as fatly plaited as any sultana’s hair, weave real Eastern enchantment.’ Geraldine McCaughrean, The Times (1993)
‘A vibrant and accessible collection of five Russian folktales is woven together by the spirited narration of Koshka the cat. Linked in this way the stories suggest the wonderful richness and complexity of the Russian storytelling tradition. Mayhew’s love of ornamentation is evident in dramatically bordered text and illustrations that sparkle like a Faberge egg.’ Publisher’s Weekly (US) (1993)
‘Not only does he write fluently with rhythm, pace and pithy humour – a rare talent for an artist – he paints with intricate line and shadow and garish abandon: golden cupolas and icons, flowing turquoise and russet sarafans, sea-green nymphs, tall dark firs, ruddy snub-nosed peasants and hirsute, hook-nosed haradans… he succeeds in preserving the authentic folklore tradition.’ James Riordan, Times Educational Supplement (1994)
‘Deserves an honored place in any collection.’ Ralph Lavender, School Librarian (1993)