My new picture book (Walker Books 2017) tells the story of Arnold, whose happy-go-lucky existence with his flamingo family is challenged by the arrival of some very bouncy cousins, who teach him what turns out to be a very useful new skill…
It’s all about identity, and the importance of being yourself – you can read more about how the story came into being here. It’s particularly exciting for me as it’s the first book I have illustrated AND written. Watch the video below for a taste of the book – and listen to the fabulous soundtrack that Phoebe McFarlane composed specially for Pink Lion.
“Feels like an instant classic in the making, a lovely moral tale with a feelgood end.” Read It Daddy
“Throughout, the illustrations’ boldly coloured, limited palette and loose style add exuberance and fun to the telling of the story about identity and belonging. It does indeed seem that it’s love that makes a family.” Kirkus Reviews
“Utterly charming… Arnold is a lovable character and has potential to become an iconic name in children’s picture books. A sweet and enjoyable tale that your child will want to enjoy over and over again.” The Fountain Review
“This bold and bright picture book will promote discussions about identity and what makes a family. A terrific read-aloud, this is a story of courage, questioning, and belonging.” School Library Journal
“With themes of belonging, family, identity, being yourself and finding your voice, this zappy tale with its superbly expressive images offers plenty to enjoy, to ponder upon and to discuss.” Jill Bennett, Red Reading Hub
“One of the most adorable book covers you will ever see. Bar none. It’s just as engaging on the inside as well. This book will charm your socks off.” NC Teacher Stuff
I’m looking forward to visiting some bookshops this summer to do some storytelling and Pink Lion-ish craft activities – first up is Queen’s Park Bookshop on Sunday July 2nd, 11-12.30. After that I’ll be at Sheen Bookshop on Friday 28th July, 10.30-12.30, then Waterstones Clapham Junction on Saturday 5th August, 3pm, Southfields Library on Weds 9th August, 10.30am, Heffers in Cambridge on Saturday 19th August, 2-4, The Apple Store in Regent’s Street on Saturday 26th August at 2pm, Forum Books in Corbridge, Northumberland on Thurs 7th Sept at 2pm, Nomad Books in Fulham on Thursday 28th Sept at 4pm, and finally Tales on Moon Lane, Herne Hill, in the afternoon on Monday 23rd October. Do come along!