MARVELLOUSLY MESSY!

Today is publication day for the third book in the Dot and Duck series! Illustrated by Olivier Tallec and published by Happy Yak (an imprint of Quarto Kids),

How Messy is the story of best friends, Dot and Duck. Dot hates mess and Duck hates tidy. Duck leaves the bed unmade, the cupboards open and breakfast everywhere. How messy! At the beach, Dot carefully lays out her towel and picnic… and Duck digs a big hole covering everything with sand! SO messy!

Olivier’s characterful watercolour illustrations bring this story to life, and big font makes the story easy for young readers. How Messy! is a simple yet hilarious story with a touching ending and an important message about accepting differences and learning to compromise.

To celebrate our book birthday, we’re inviting people to take part in the Dot or Duck character quiz! Tell us if you’re tidy like Dot, messy like Duck or somewhere in between. On 9th May, The Reading Realm will be giving away a signed set of all the books in the series – follow them on social media to make sure you don’t miss out! You might remember that Reading Realm did the cover reveal for this book back in March.

This week, the #HowMessy blog tour has been in full swing. Here’s a round up of the highlights, including some guest posts and excellent reviews.

DAY ONE: Ciara (@picturebooksnob) gives five detailed reasons why she loves How Messy! – “An endearing and amusing tale that subtly imparts lots of wisdom.” https://www.picturebooksnob.com/post/how-messy

DAY TWO: Rachael (@Pic_BookPerfect) shares an excellent review of How Messy! – “Every time there is a new book in this series I say it is my favourite yet – and it’s true! This series gets better and better with every book.” Rachael also invited me to share my experience of writing a series. https://picturebookperfect123.com/2022/04/27/how-to-write-a-picture-book-series-by-clare-helen-welsh-guest-post-for-how-messy-dot-and-duck-series-blog-tour-illu-olivier-tallec/

DAY THREE: Got a messy sibling problem? Lexi Rees thinks ‘How Messy’ is the perfect story to tackle it! Lexi says: “My favourite poem to read when I do school visits is “Messy Room” by Shel Silverstein. I act it out and it’s always a huge hit. So this new picture book, How Messy, by Clare Helen Welsh and Olivier Tallec really appealed.” Read more here: https://lexirees.co.uk/mums-book-blast/

DAY FOUR: I always enjoy Jennie (@Edspire) ‘s reviews, so I was delighted she was keen to be part of the ‘How Messy’ tour. Thank you for such detailed insights into the series, Jennie. We loved hearing how much you’ve taken away from these deceptively simple texts.

DAY FIVE: Emma Perry is a fabulous picture book author in her own right, so you can imagine how pleased we are with her review for My Book Corner: “Filled with fabulous one-liners that’ll have you chuckling, and the most exquisite, expressive illustrations, How Messy! is the perfect follow-up in this successful series. A picture book about compromise, pancakes and octopi!” Full review here: https://www.mybookcorner.co.uk/how-messy-by-clare-helen-welsh-olivier-tallec/

DAY SIX: Sheila and her little one (@Rascals_and_Rainbows) loved ‘How Messy’ too, describing it as the perfect story to help little ones overcome differences when playing. And just look at their lovely outdoor set up! You can just imagine all the fun Dot and Duck could have there if they were ever invited!

DAY SEVEN: Claire and her family (@Home.Read.Play) found Dot and Duck to be a hugely loveable duo (of course!) and hugely relatable (yes!), describing How Messy as a “wonderful tool for exploring emotions and difference of opinion.” Read the full review here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CdDQ6qzKuDB/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

DAY EIGHT: And last but not least, Anita Loughrey (@anitaloughrey) delighted us with this review and Q&A on publication day! Find out more about the origins of Dot and Duck and how the series came to be. This post is extra special because it is Anita’s first blog tour! The first of many I’m sure (Congratulations, Anita). Read the interview here: https://anitaloughrey.blog/2022/05/03/blog-tour-how-messy-clare-helen-welsh/

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