Monday, 31 March 2014

Mona Lisa at Bologna

Here's one of the sketches I did at the Bologna book fair last week. I thought something Italian would be appropriate, so I did Jarvis the Octopuppy as the Mona Lisa.

Enigmatic! I'll post another of the sketches tomorrow.

The show went really well, with lots of interest in The Octopuppy.

My appearances at the exhibition were a little nerve racking to begin with, as I'm long out of practice at performing live drawing demos. But visitors' reactions to all the Jarvis characters I had on display were so positive and encouraging, I really started to enjoy myself! I don't normally get to see the reactions of an audience and it was a delight to watch how entertained people were by the drawings. I hope the many folk who went away with prints and posters enjoy their goodies.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Bologna Children's Book Fair

I'll be at the Bologna Children's Book Fair this week, doing a spot of doodling at the Hello! from Australia Exhibition stand on Tuesday and Wednesday. That's Hall 26 Stand B80, if you're in the vicinity and are curious to see what kind of shaky drawing skills I'll demonstrate in public. 

Here's a media release, and here's the catalogue featuring all the books that have been selected to appear in this year's rights exhibition, including The Octopuppy.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Octopuppy in the USA!

The latest exciting news is that The Octopuppy is due to be released in the USA.

The book will be published early next year in jacketed hardback and paperback editions, from Scholastic Inc. USA.
This is great news ahead of the Bologna Children's Book Fair next week. More news about the fair in a bit!

Thursday, 6 March 2014

World Book Day (UK)

In celebration of World Book Day in the UK, here's a reminder of what you can do with your £1 book tokens.

All being well The Octopuppy will be a title you can use your tokens to buy next time, when it receives its UK release. By the by, here's a lovely review it received recently on Goodreads:

"My 3yr old LOVES this book and requests it time and again! On every read you notice something new in the illustrations and the witty text never fails to reminds me of Oliver Jeffers' books in terms of style, but funnier. A brilliant bedtime book which is treasured in our household and is the subject of much imaginary play in the day too."