Dad's last book and last wish. A story written by his partner of 20 years, Anna Fienberg, for him to work on when standing to paint was no longer much good. How he savoured dreaming up each page, and for the first time in his life sharing his process with us while we read or drew or pottered about close by in his studio, on hand for company. We had more conversations than ever before thanks to this book about life and fear and art and the Why’s of the world. He only finished half of the pages before he passed away, and his last wish was that his life long friend and fellow children’s book illustrator, Stephen Axelsen, would finish it for him. In fact that was the last thing he asked me to make sure of in our last conversation before he passed away. And Steve did. A labour of love and watercolours, and the most beautiful tribute to friendship a person could imagine. Thank you Steve, and Anna, for creating something so special and beautiful. The story, as all good ones are, is much larger and more wonderful than I can convey here. But I'm so grateful to you both for giving Dad, and us, this book. It will be available in all good bookstores from June 1st for you all to enjoy too x

Arielle Gamble (Kim 's daughter and also an up and coming writer and already well know illustrator in her own right)

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Comment by Rita Shibr on June 8, 2018 at 4:36am

Commenting on my own post to "throw it into the feed" as we used to say on OS of old.  We would throw each others stuff into the feed for more view or whatever as a joke.. 

Anyway,  the last book Kim worked on is published.  I was able to order on Amazon.  His partner Anna wrote an amazing essay on love, grief and loss linked here,  beautifully written.   Kim would be happy. I love his little monsters hiding up there.  In the back of "Eight" his lovely children's books there is a scene like that,  Sofia my granddaughter loved it as much as I did.  

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on June 8, 2018 at 5:34am

I hope Tildy doesn't mind a few tears when I read my copy.   ::hugs Rita hard::

BTW, here is a link to the book on Amazon.


Comment by Rita Shibr on June 8, 2018 at 5:58am

Thanks Amy,  I should have included that,  I ordered already and although the dates were late in june/july to get it,  it has shipped already!

Hug accepted and returned my friend. Tears every time I read his books too Amy.  

Comment by J.P. Hart on June 8, 2018 at 8:18am

Your good news has got me rolling at sea, dear Rita!


my copy is away and westward bound~

Comment by catch-22 on June 8, 2018 at 9:52am

I’d like to double down on the hugging and sending out of good vibes. I saw you, rita, over at Anna’s place. It’s unusual, how I wander back here, it feels random and not at all random, I don’t mind, either way. 

Yes, j.p., let’s roll, shall we? Kinda reminds me of that Lyle Lovett song, If I Had a A Boat

Comment by Foolish Monkey on June 8, 2018 at 10:00am

He hasn't gone too far, our Kim....just out of sight, around the bend.  this is why the gift of being able to make art is special - it's a tangible, visual marker that ties us to the living, even when we've finally wandered elsewhere.  his work is extraordinary, as he was. 

we were lucky weren't we?  hugs to you beautiful hat girl.

Comment by J.P. Hart on June 8, 2018 at 10:46am

!. . .people stay . . . !

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on June 8, 2018 at 2:30pm

FM has this right.

Comment by alsoknownas on June 8, 2018 at 6:44pm

I was a fan of his illustrations. Very imaginative.

Comment by Rita Shibr on June 9, 2018 at 5:04am

Hey gang!  great to see our people...

FM:  thanks lady.  Yes we were,  to know all these creative beautiful folk from over the world.  Missing those gone indeed.  Hope you are well friend.  Love you, Monkey.

Hart!  hello friend,  glad you got a copy,  good to see you.

Catch: me too,  I wander in and out.  You writing?  Me not so much.  But enjoying these early summer nights.  Hugs on back girl.

Thanks Jon!

Hey there Music Man,  hoping you are well Alsoknownas...  thank you for coming by.  Miss our convos.


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