Watch out for parrots!

Here is a heap of my first book, The Girl with the Parrot on her Head, published by Walker Books on February 5th – which now, finally, actually feels quite soon.

Many exciting things will happen around the launch to help introduce the parrot, and the Isabel under its feet. For starters, I’ll be writing about the process of making the book over on Walker’s Picture Book Party blog. Then during February half term I’ll be working with children in Chester, making animals to go on our heads and incredible cardboard dens, as Resident Illustrator at Wayword festival. I’ll also give a talk and reading, document the festival on the Wayword blog AND do a picturebook jam with Kate Pankhurst! See: MANY THINGS!

Details of further events will follow soon – including something at House of Illustration which I think will be GRAND.

The girl, dem papagei, le loup

I was quite thrown by the appearance last week of The Girl with the Parrot on her Head as a REAL BOOK – there seem to be a lot of milestones in this process but this one made me feel quite giddy. Here’s Walker’s picture of the three editions:
My first book in Eglish, French and German
The book will be published on February 5th by Walker, Albin Michel (France) and Aladin (Germany), and a year later by Candlewick (USA). It’s amazing to me, and funny, to see the translations and the differences between them – lamely I am having to get friends to help me with the French and German, but both seem to have been really nicely done. Yikes it is just really exciting.

The German “Enten, Hula Hoop” box necessitated this drawing for twitter:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a most excellent response too.

COMING not very SOON: a book!

Apparently I am delivering my first book to its publisher tomorrow, so I thought it might be time to say I have a publisher. Walker will publish The Girl with the Parrot on her Head in 2015, which is just grand and the luckiest thing. It does not make me feel like this:
The Girl with the Parrot on her Head carrying a monsterI haven’t written on here about this story since January 12th, 2012 when I handed its first incarnation in for marking as part of my MA. I re-started work on it with Walker last February and it has been dead innerestin turning it into an Actual Book. It even has endpapers – though they are of course inferior to John Burningham’s Avocado Baby masterpieces, which are my favourite ever. I am going to miss Parrot Head, especially this colour parrot red:
Colours used in The Girl with the Parrot on her head

Parrot-head is done

Well not really done as in finished, but I handed the prints and a dummy book in for marking. I’ll put a couple more prints on the Persons page. I think a smidgen of winter might be appropriate some time soon, so here is a print showing the seasonal weather which currently we do not have:

The girl with the parrot on her head, winterI also made some bags with birds and yo-yos or monsters on, to raise money for our stand at the Bologna bookfair. Don’t really know what to do for my next thing, I will need a New Plan.