My lovely publisher gave me a little plush of Blip, the main character from my latest author-illustrator book Unplugged. Stupidly, I thought it would be fun to get some photos of her at the Frankfurt Book Fair. She must've jumped out my pocket. This is not a PR stunt, by the way.
It's here! The book is out. I'll update this blog post in due course (when I'm not finishing off a new book). But, for now, here's one of my favourite photos of the day.
You can buy the book here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/when-i-grow-up/tim-minchin/steve-antony/9781407180427
The When I Grow Up Blog Tour commences this week! Behind the scenes, giveaways, the magic of childhood, sneak peeks and so much more! When I Grow Up treats every day of the week! Thanks so much to all these passionate book bloggers for the support!
Monday 9th - Picture Books Blogger: https://picturebooksblogger.wordpress.com/
Tuesday 10th - Minerva Reads: http://www.minervareads.com/
Wednesday 11th - Library Mice: http://librarymice.com/
Wednesday 11th - The Kids of Readalot: http://readforgood.org/kids-of-readalot/
Thursday 12th - Get Kids into Books: https://getkidsintobooks.wordpress.com/
Thursday 12th - Book Lover Jo: https://bookloverjo.wordpress.com/
Friday 13th - A Little But A Lot: https://alittlebutalot.wordpress.com/
Friday 13th - Books a Go Go: http://www.booksagogo.org/
It's always exciting (if not slightly terrifying) to discover the first review of one of my books. Thankfully, this is a great review! And I'm so pleased that Askews and Holts Library Services decided to feature it in their monthly newsletter, which goes out to all their libraries.
No less than 70 children of all shapes, sizes, colours and abilities feature in the picture book adaptation of Tim Minchin's When I Grow Up. Here's a little peek at the three main characters. They are an imaginative, joyful, brave and wishful trio. I remember listening constantly to Tim's moving song while developing these playful and inquisitive children. Together, they skip, bound and ponder what a grown-up life will be like. Illustrating this book reminded me of how I used to fantasise about growing up: being able to stay up late, go on shopping sprees in Toys R Us, eat and drink whatever I want, whenever I want. I wouldn't watch boring late night news programmes or go on diets. No way! I'd take full advantage of being a grown-up. But it's not quite that simple, is it? Life is complicated. This world can be confusing, overwhelming, and who's going to pay the bills? For me, When I Grow Up became about remembering that eagerness, that sense of anything-is-possible, hope and imagination I had as a child before getting bogged down with all my grown-up responsibilities. Illustrating this book allowed me to indulge my inner child. I hope the child in you and the children in your life enjoy this book.
I can't thank Tim enough for allowing me to illustrate this book, and I look forward to when we can finally share its contents, and I have much to thank my designer Strawberrie and editor Pauliina for, not to mention my agent Elizabeth Roy. When I Grow Up will be published by Scholastic, first in the UK on the 5th of Oct. It will be published elsewhere, but I do not have dates, though I do know it will be released in the States next summer.
The 4th book in the Queen series is now out in paperback!
The Queen's Hat is a windy tour of London. The Queen's Handbag is a wild goose chase across the UK, and The Queen's Present is a global quest for the perfect present! Each book features pages of famous landmarks and lots of fun-to-find details (like the butler, for example).
Below are just a few illustrations from each of these books.
Here it is! The cover of Goodnight, Mr Panda! Do you like his onesie? This one's not out until next year so you'll have to be really patient, like the little Penguin in I'll Wait, Mr Panda.
Here's the cover of When I Grow Up, which you can now preorder from just about anywhere! It was a real privilege and honour to illustrate Tim Minchin's words.
A guest blog for The Federation of Children's Book Groups, which you can read by following the link below:
Below are a bunch of comic book covers from the same month in late 80s, around the time I started collecting. I absolutely loved these Marvel 25th Anniversary covers, if only I had collected them all!
Mr Panda and Swindon Libraries invite you to design your own doughnut this summer! It can be any kind of a doughnut: a monster doughnut, an arty doughnut, a magic doughnut!
Three winners will be chosen by Mr Panda’s creator, Steve Antony, and will each receive fun prizes, including three signed books!
The winners will be announced by Steve Antony at the Summer Reading Challenge Event, Central Library, September 25th, 6pm.
Pick up an entry form at any Swindon Library from 15th July. Design your doughnut by 2nd September.
Have fun and good luck!
From Steve Antony and Swindon Libraries
Chinese edition of Green Lizards Vs Red Rectangles read aloud and discussed on a popular Taiwanese TV show.
More details on this coming soon...
Scholastic has announced a global deal for a new magical picture book inspired by When I Grow Up, Tim Minchin's hit song from the acclaimed and multi-award-winning Matilda the Musical.
The book will be illustrated by Steve and will imagine life from a child’s viewpoint, with all the humour and poignancy of the song.
Tim says: “I feel incredibly lucky to be able to lend my lyrics to a children’s book. I adore Steve’s work, and it’s been a thrill to watch him develop his gorgeous illustrations. I can’t wait to hold a copy in my hands.”
Steve says: “I feel so lucky and honoured to be working on such an exciting and unique picture book project with Tim and the team at Scholastic. Adapting Tim’s beautiful and emotive song into a visual narrative really is a dream job and has allowed me and my inner child to indulge in a world of imagination, fun, hope and possibility.”
‘When I Grow Up’ by Tim Minchin and Steve Antony will publish in the UK in October 2017.