One of the places I went to most as a child was my own imagination and my imagination was directly inspired by the books that I read. One of my all-time favourite stories was Tubby and the Poo-Bah – a story about a little boy and his elephant who get into trouble with the great Poo-Bah. I just adored this story so much that I read it over and over again. I remember that within the pages of this book I came across the word “splendiferous” for the first time (a word that fascinated me to no end). The narrative portrayed the great Poo-Bah as such a formidable character that I can clearly remember perceiving him as a giant through child’s eyes (even though he was normal-sized throughout the book).
Last year I spent months and months searching for a reasonably priced copy of Tubby and the Poo-Bah (by Al Perkins) that was in good condition. I eventually found one that was under the $100 mark, it was still very expensive but I didn’t care…I had to have it in my collection! I don’t know if my children will ever feel what I felt when I read this story, but I’m so happy that I can now share it with them. If you can snag yourself a copy of this book somehow, I highly recommend doing so.
My favourite scene from the book is of Tubby and Ah mee fishing for foodle fish in their brand new boat. The illustrations of Rowland B. Wilson have always inspired me and so my latest artwork is devoted to him and my love of this wonderful story.
“The Joy of Foodle Fishing”