From an episode of BBC’s Desert Island Discs
At 22:55 into the interview
The text and the pictures, your illustrations are very interwoven aren’t they? Sometimes one takes the narrative lead; sometimes the other.
I started doing the Mog books when my children were learning to read. And I thought that children shouldn’t be made to read anything unnecessary. And so I would never put anything in the text that was in the pictures. You know, if you say ‘he was wearing read trousers’ and you see a boy with red trousers. I mean it’s a waste of their energy. I didn’t want them to have to do that. So I tried to use as few words as possible as well as possible.
I admire that formulation: as few words as possible as well as possible.
And so for day 2684