I have been waiting to make this announcement for AGES!
And now I can.
I am delighted to tell you that I have just signed a contract to publish two ace picture books with the amazing and shiny brand new children's publisher, Nosy Crow.
Now you might ask why, since I'm already working with several other publishers, including Orchard, Hodder and Simon & Schuster. Well, it's because ever since she left Orchard, I've been yearning to work with Kate Burns. She's the lovely lady on the left of the photo (the other person is me!).
Kate and I hit it off big time when we worked together at Orchard Children's Books. Kate published the award-winning Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate! and commissioned its successor, Don't Put Your Pants on Your Head, Fred! which came out last week.
Another reason I'm really excited to be working with Nosy Crow, is that they are fast becoming a leading light in children's iPad and iPhone Apps publishing. This area of kids' publishing is really only just taking off, so it's fantastic to be involved with such a forward-thinking publisher.
My first book with Nosy Crow is going to be called: The Princess and the Peas. It's being illustrated AS WE SPEAK by the hugely talented Sarah Warburton, of Rumblewick fame.
The Princess and the Peas, published by Nosy Crow, will be out Autumn 2012!
For a sneaky preview, visit: Nosy Crow Books
Monday, 11 July 2011
Last week, Leigh Hodgkinson and I were lucky enough to be invited to the Rotherham Children's Book Awards. Our book, Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate! was shortlisted along with two other picture books. We didn't expect to win, since we were competing with Julia Donaldson / Lydia Monks with What the Ladybird Heard, and Judith Kerr's A Night at the Zoo.
The event took place in a cavernous hall at Magna Science Park, in Rotherham. We spent the afternoon meeting children and teachers, signing books and "eating" some rather delicious looking felt cup-cakes!
Towards the end of the afternoon, we gathered with baited breath to hear the announcements of the Picture Book and Young Fiction awards and guess what?! We WON!!
Leigh and I climbed onto the stage rather shell shocked and each received one of these beautiful trophies!
So, here's a big THREE CHEERS for the children of Rotherham, especially those who voted for us. You ROCK!
Thanks also to Natalie Tamasi and her team at Rotherham Borough Council who organised the event.
Thursday, 7 July 2011
The Bookseller has called it, "One of my read-aloud highlights of the year."
Don't Put Your Pants on Your Head, Fred! is the crazy sequel to Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate! and is in the shops today!!
The Bookseller adds, "Getting dressed becomes a riotous adventure throught a fabulous rhyming text and suitably chaotic illustrations."
So run down to your local bookshop and ask for it by name!!