Meet the inventive creators
Meet Ian, the creator of The Crush Series world. Among his wonderful skills, he is a great penguin, frog or kangaroo imitator, a resourceful children entertainer, a humorous poet and mostly an imaginative writer of rhyming poetry. Not the portrait of the CEO of a highly successful Pan European real estate company you would expect? Well, let’s just say that parenting was a personal development experience for him.
Whilst reading the books to his children at bedtime he would bring the animals to life through his hilarious impersonations. Sometimes he would be a funny imitator of a penguin, a frog or a kangaroo, his imagination as a writer of rhyming poetry fed the minds of his children and their friends. Their interactions with each other, their quarrelling, laughter and games of hide and seek were all inspiration for the characters in the books.
As a father of four, Ian found himself looking for fun books, preferably written in rhyming poetry, to help him connect to his children, entertain them and, most importantly, develop their imagination and creativity. Unable to find such books on the shelves of his local bookshop, he started his hobby of writing poetry. Some 100 poems later he started writing The Crush Series.
The author spent many happy evenings pretending to be the animals within The Crush Series. From making fish faces to trying to catch imaginary flies with his tongue. From waddling like a penguin to bouncing like a kangaroo. These acts of madness and hilarity brought him and his children much closer as they grew.
Say hello to Silke, the talented illustrator who transformed Ian’s rhyming world into beautiful drawings. She is a mother of three and, as a parent, she also learned that playful parenting is the key to childrens’ hearts and minds. Much like Ian, Silke had brought up her 3 children to express their feelings and to be creative. The similarities between how the two families brought up their children in two different countries (Silke in Germany and Ian in Great Britain) is striking.
Silke was working as an interior architect when she met the author. Her one big dream was to be a book illustrator for children. Just like the unexpected series of events in the books, the two met , discussed the project and many events followed that led to the production of the Crush books. They put their skills together and it was a creative Crush! It was Silke, who had the inspiration to add a song to each Crush book.