NEW picture book withstands ultra violet light test…

Copies of my new picture book There's a Bug On My Arm That Won't Let Go have arrived. They are full of vitamin D. For parasite-loving readers of all ages. Published Autumn 2017 (HarperCollins).

Picture book launched at Little Book Room in Melbourne…

On Sunday Archie and The Bear was launched with a party at The Little Book Room in Melbourne.

I wasn't there, but I heard from the author Zanni Louise that it was a big success. I would have liked to hear her reading the book.

It was launched in a nice looking black room which goes well with the black bear. We did a limited edition print and in true Australian style it was the prize in a raffle. Thank you, Little Book Room. It's a good bookshop and it even has a cake shop next door.

One boy at the party asked how the pictures got from one side of the world to the other. The answer is in a big cardboard envelope, posted bear mail.

A good time was had by all.

Photos: Hayley Stephenson

A real page turner.

A real page turner.

Do you want this? Yes or no, QUICK…

Clearing out the studio unearthed a dummy of rough drawings and inkjet prints of an early stage of The Frank Show pasted into a printer's blank. It takes me back to when I was thinking about how the book could work. The text was at a stage before a merciless edit by Helen (you know who you are) the editor. I wonder what she did with all those words she took out? I'm going to keep it because the drawings are from a notebook and I've lost the notebook. Probably when I was clearing out the studio sometime before.

On a sunny day I saw…

Drawings of Sussex countryside after speeding train journey.

…raeB ehT dna eihcrA : WON TUO

In the book Archie and The Bear, I show Archie unpack his backpack. Inside are the survival essentials for small boy leaving home, on his own, into a wilderness:

a bar of chocolate, a torch, a whistle, some sandwiches, an apple, and a book.

I think Archie took a book he had read and re-read, and is a favourite. Something familiar and comforting and something he knew like the back of his hand. I was recently on a train journey when I reached into my backpack only to find that I had forgotten to bring the one thing I wanted there to be in there: my unfinished crime novel. I had twelve or so pages left to read. I really was alone with my thoughts. 

The new book is out now in a wilderness near you in a handy backpack-able size.


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Thinks: "I like the next bit."