Mike Smith (Illustrator)

Edward Hopper and the Carrot Crunch

Edward Hopper and the Carrot Crunch

A Tale of Greed, Financial Mismanagement and Rabbits

This was a children’s book I wrote at the end of 2009, when the collapse of the banks was big news. It went on to win the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Book Illustration, but never saw the light of day as a published book, partly because it was thought that the world financial turmoil would be ancient history by the time it reached print, after two years.

Well here we are, and it’s still big news, so it’s now available as an ebook, downloadable from the iBookstore. If you have an iPad then you might like to get it.

Here are a couple of pages to give you a flavour.

Edward Hopper and the Carrot Crunch page
Edward Hopper and the Carrot Crunch page


  1. Ann
    Posted December 15, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Bought it and loved it!
    Your wordless alphabet was also brilliant, and exceptionally popular with the boys at school when I used it to get the graphics students thinking.
    You are one very talented guy. (and am I right in thinking that the bridge he crossed was a canal bridge….. It looked the right shape!!)

  2. Mike
    Posted December 16, 2011 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Thanks Ann, it’s really good to hear that you’ve stuck with this blog after all this time! Yes it was a canal bridge — not consciously though. I guess I couldn’t help it.

    I tried a couple of publishers for the wordless alphabet, but no luck. I would still love to do something with it, as I’m quite fond of it. I don’t think it would ever be a big seller though! Perhaps the next ebook project…