Two new picture books out this summer - Save the Day for Ada May! and Scary Mary
I am delighted to announce that I have had two picture books published this summer - Save The Day for Ada May!, published by lovely Willow Tree Books, hit the bookshelves on 1st August.
There is a wonderful blog tour taking place from 12th August.
This is my first interactive picture book. Whilst there are already interactive books out in the market, which have fun stories and involve children in tapping, tipping and twisting books to move the story along, but I wanted to write a book that was more exciting, more action-packed, ensuring that the child reader would become very involved, having to act really quickly to help save another child. And if it could be funny too, bonus!
In my story, poor Ada May is taken out in her buggy by her older, terribly unobservant brother, who accidentally allows her to head towards all kinds of predicaments. Only the reader can stop her rolling into the river, help her down from the tree, out of the speeding trailer, away from the angry bull, and more, by tipping, twisting and slapping the book, blowing hard, pulling funny faces and much more besides to save Ada May – and her cuddly bunny. But each rescue somehow leads to yet another crisis! Can Poor Ada May be saved? Can the readers truly be heroes?
This book has been beautifully illustrated by Patrick Corrigan, who has created such an endearing Ada May, and whose colourful illustrations really bring out the humour of the story.
My other picture book out this summer is quite different, it is a fun rhyming text called Scary Mary published by Serenity Press in Australia (available for purchase on Amazon). That, too, is beautifully illustrated by Irene King and is about living life to your full potential.
Lots of Early Readers!
I have been very busy in the last two years, writing picture books, but also Early Readers for two lovely publishers - Maverick Press and Franklin Watts and I have had 27 published or due for publication. Among my latest ones are Cara the Cowgirl, Who Will Win the Cup!, The Scary Sleepover, The Detective Club:Buried Treasure and Guard Goose all published by the lovely Maverick Press and The Dinosaur Bone, Goodbye Tessa, Magic Marcus, A New Friend for Hannah and I Don’t Want Danny Here published by Franklin Watts.
They are all intended to be fun stories, all beautifully illustrated and graded by colour to indicate the reading level, starting with Pink for those children who are just starting to read their first books.