I have sent off all my Baby Goes Baaaa! reworks to my publisher and, while I'm waiting for the verdict, I've been thinking about the cover. My editor says the cover illustration needs to be bold and simple, with a really strong character, who is very appealing: cute, whilst at the same time funny...
I started with these sketches. It seems pretty obvious that the cover needs to feature the lamb, to ensure the title makes sense, but possibly another character too, if there's space.
It's a square format though which, once you've got the title in across the top, makes things tighter. I think there's a possible idea here (evolved from the little sketch in the top right above):
I just knocked a mug of coffee all over the computer desk, which hasn't helped progress. Luckily it's only ruined a pack of blank paper, and at least in mopping it up I've got rid of some of the dust and grime round the back of the computer and underneath my printer!