Candia? Brassie asked,
picking up my napkin in
I cannot help doodling
and I had certain things
on my mind as it neared
What is this Magical Baby
all about? she persisted.
Well, the first frame shows
a plan for a picture of the
baby surrounded by animals
from Down Under. The baby
is on the other side of the
world from its grandparents,
which makes them sad.
Frame 3 shows Grandma
logging on to Skype and the
picture appearing which
illustrates MB and her
MB has mush round her mouth and is sucking a toy monkey. When she
sees Grandma, she smiles and the monkey drops out of her mouth.
She dribbles and drools and then she screams.
Grandma instinctively holds out her arms and MB steps right through
the screen and into her arms. Now Grandma can pat her big nappy and
Mummy wonders how MB did that amazing feat!
Grandma smells her head and tickles her and MB blows bubbles and
gives Grandma one of her BEST smiles.
Grandad is looking over Grandma’s shoulder.
Suddenly MB’s face changes colour. She grows redder and redder,
more and more purple and madder and madder.
Grandma hands her back through the monitor to Mummy and
In the 15th frame Mummy asks again how MB managed to do that.
Grandma tells her that all babies are magical and in the 16th she adds
that all mummies and daddies are too.
Finally, she asserts that all Grandmas and Grandads are also magical.
That’s really sweet, Candia. Most unlike you. I think it’s a great idea,
especially for a book which grandparents could send to their distant
grandchildren. It would express their longing to hold and touch their
loved ones. Why don’t you approach a publisher? It looks as if you could
practically illustrate it yourself.
No, it was just an idea. But maybe if I put it on my posting, someone will
be interested and might approach me about it. It kind of fits in with Alice
through the Looking Glass, or going through the wardrobe to Narnia sort of
Next you’ll be selling your doodled napkins, like Picasso! Hey, maybe you
will be able to offer the proprietors of Costamuchamoulah a drawing in
exchange for a couple of Flat Whites and a Florentine or two! over-enthused
And maybe not! I replied, scrunching up my drawings and stuffing them in
(copyright Candia Dixon-Stewart- except for the name ‘Magical Baby’, which I have since discovered has been used by someone else commercially, although I thought of it independently. I suppose if a publisher was interested, I could think of an alternative title.)