Have you seen Chris Gall’s books? They are so striking. The first time I saw Dear Fish (2006) at the library it practically reached out and yanked me over to it. It’s a wacky book that has been compared to Tuesday by David Wiesner (you know, the floating frogs on a random Tuesday night). Looking on his website I see he gets lots of commissions for posters, magazine covers etc. Another title I admire is There’s Nothing To Do on Mars (2008).
Substitute Creacher (2011) tells the story behind a green cyclops with lots of snake-like feet. The story starts off a bit like the classic Miss Nelson is Missing. It’s almost Halloween and the regular teacher has had it with an out-of-control class. She leaves a note that she has a “rather special” sub coming in. Turns out the substitute “creacher” was once a boy himself who stole candy from other kids. He sets the class straight with his cautionary tales. The book has all sorts of split pages like a comic. You’re probably wondering about Gall’s art medium and so I investigated on the title page. “The artwork was created using bat wings, toad juice, and the bundled whiskers of a black cat.”
Substitute Creacher even squeezes a happy ending out at the last page.