Painting a Pillar at Piccadilly's Waterstones

Below this photo is my frantic I-can't-do-this Twitter thread. 

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Window Scribbles and a Singalong at Alligator's Mouth, Richmond

The When I Grow Up Blog Tour

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/

Enjoy!

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A Peek at the 'When I Grow Up' Trio

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. 

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Merry Christmas! The Queen's Present Now in Paperback

Launch at Waterstones, Cheltenham

Launch at Waterstones, Cheltenham

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.