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