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.
It was fantastic to be back visiting schools in person again. Here’s a run down of the week’s excitement!
To celebrate the publication of Scissorella; The Paper Princess, I’ve been busy reading, creating and sharing the story with lots of children.
Laura Barrett – the magical illustrator of Scissorella – and I got together via the power of Zoom with Reading Rocks to deliver a virtual story session. The schools, which were all over the country from Liverpool to Cornwall, listened to Laura and I reading the story and were quizzed on their fairy tale knowledge. Then Laura showed the children how to make a Lotte Reiniger-inspired puppet.
If you missed that here’s a clickable link to Laura’s HOW TO guide.
At this time of year the Arctic terns are preparing to move south for winter. It’s also the time that book bloggers have taken to Instagram to share reviews of our beautiful new picture book.
It’s the Time to Move South for Winter Bookstagram Tour!
I’m really excited to be writing with the details and cover reveal of my next picture book!
I have some SUPER exciting news!
Stuart White, founder of Write Mentor and all round wonderful person, has asked if I would be the first Write Mentor Picture Book Writer-in-Residence …and I am delighted to confirm that I agreed!