In any case, Michelle Pauli talks to China Mieville today for the Guardian. Why the switch to children's lit? Well for the usual reasons, but also because giraffes come into play in the novel. Here's what Mieville has to say on that subject:
- "I wanted to think of an animal almost universally considered adorable and make them a really scary baddie. So it had to be either giraffes or pandas ... You couldn't do that in an adult book.""