French publishers L'imprevu have a issued a special compilation of ten stories for Quarto Kids. These classic retellings originally appeared in different novelty books but this edition, exclusively for the French market, brings the all together for the first time.
The anthology includes Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, The Frog Prince and The Magic Seashell.
French speaking buyers in the UK can buy it online through amazon.
At long last I can reveal the cover of Ballet Stories for Young Children.
The grey band along the top and the grey lines are actually shining blue foil. I think Brigette has done herself proud. I love how energetic the vibe is and the muted colours give it a magic touch.
The book will be published on the 6th October 2016.
I have just corrected the colour proofs for this book and emailed them to my new editor at Orchard. It's taken just over four years to get this project to fruition but publication day has now been fixed for sometime this October, just in time for the lucrative Christmas market.
Brigette Barrager, an American illustrator, has created some amazing spread for the book. They have a 1950s retro feel that I adore. Can't wait to share the rest of it with you all and I shall be doing lots of events in bookshops to market and celebrate.
I've just been informed that the paperback version of MY COUSIN THE MINOTAUR will be published by Readzone this November. This book started out as a story for the wonderful Fiction Express, an online platform where schoolchildren get to vote what happens in the next chapter. It was an exciting if nailbiting task for me and due to be repeated in the autumn term with a story set in Ancient Britain.
MY COUSIN THE MINOTAUR is aimed at 6 - 8 year olds and hopefully I will have copies early enough to sell at book week events in October.
I have just handed in my latest text to Collins for their Big Cats Reading Scheme. I love working on this wonderful series and it's my fifth title for it. My last book, GEORGE AND THE DRAGON is thankfully doing really well so I have high hopes for this one too.
It's called THE PRINCESS AND THE TALKING BIRD and it's adapted from a little known story in The Arabian Nights. I haven't yet been told who is going to illustrate it but I'm hoping the artist will be as talented as Martina Peluso who did Dragon. One of the reasons I love working with Collins is because they have an extensive portfolio of great illustrators from around the world. Princess publishes this autumn.