Ivor Cutler was a Scottish poet, humorist, painter, recording artist, performer, and teacher. Over five decades, he released more than a dozen albums, recorded countless sessions for the BBC, published more than fourteen books of poetry and prose, and wrote ten books for children. He even played a role in The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour.
[…] Meal One, his first picture book, …documents the morning activities of a mother and son, from waking until meal one (breakfast).
[…] And so the story begins:
One morning, Helbert woke with a plum in his mouth. He pulled it out and held it between his fingers for a good look: it was purple and juicy. “Who put a plum in my mouth while I was asleep?” he wondered. “Me!” shouted his mum, stretching her head out from under the bed with a great grin on her lips. “Hello, Mum!” he smiled.[…] [Ivor] Cutler conjures a particular magical domestic landscape where no one else exists but a parent and child. This is a real place. As Mr. Cutler would say “never knowingly understood”.