Night & Day: a children’s anthology

Little Green Pig

 The brief

We were asked by our client Little Green Pig (based in Brighton & Hove), and their sister organisation, writing charity Grimm & Co (based in Rotherham) to create a night & day themed-book.

It was also a fairly complex project, with many children involved and two separate teams feeding into the brief: half the book was to contain prose and poetry on the theme of night, written by children attending Little Green Pig’s writing clubs in Brighton & Hove, and half was to contain day-themed prose and poetry, written by children attending Grimm & Co’s writing clubs in Rotherham.

Night & Day is a showcase of the work made by the young writers and also an invitation to write for the kids that pick it up. It is a book that can be read from back to front or front to back, with two contrasting themes needing equal impact.

What we delivered

The purpose of the book was to celebrate the writing of the many children involved. In that sense, our job was to design a concept that framed and enhanced their work. We developed a collage-style concept, using ripped craft paper to give the book a tactile look & feel. The collages are inspired by the visual imagery borne out of the poetry and prose within the book.

The book is printed onto uncoated stock, to enhance the effect of the ripped paper collages, and to make it easy for the children to write on, as the book is populated with spaces for children to develop their pieces of writing.

Essentially two books in one, Night & Day has two front covers, to reflect the different themes and sets of writing.

What the client said

“The design that Sherlock delivered was original and warm – it had a beautiful handmade feel, but was also clean and slick, with huge attention to detail. The children’s writing is illustrated sensitively and with care, and the use of space and colour encourages the reader to not just read it, but also to get writing. There was a lot of back-and forth from our end and, as ever, the Sherlock team were endlessly patient and highly efficient – whilst also being ready with creative solutions which we loved. We’re delighted to keep working with Sherlock and know that Night & Day will make its writers extremely proud.” Emily Hogan, Deputy Director, Little Green Pig

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