Pandas, Monsters and Growing Up at Whitchurch Primary with Booklover Jo

Today I had the pleasure of visiting Whitchurch Primary School in Hertfordshire. Super school librarian and award-winning book blogger, Jo Clarke (AKA Book Lover Jo) had invited along to read some of my books to their pupils alongside pupils from Long Parrish Primary (who bussed their way to Whitchurch). It was a full house and the pupils were so prepped and engaged that they practically read along with me. I read Please Mr Panda (I can't not read this book); we journeyed through the detailed visuals of When I Grow Up; we met the Monster in the Hood; and I taught everyone how to draw Mr Panda by only using shapes and letters. They especially enjoyed listening to Monster in the Hood. Bookstore, P&G Wells, kindly attended with a piles of books. Here are some photos from the day courtesy of Jo and Dave from P&G Wells. Oh and if you're not already familiar with Jo's Clarke's book blog, I recommend you go check it out: https://bookloverjo.wordpress.com/

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When I Grow Up art creatively reused at Waterstones Flagship

You may remember the big cover reveal of Tim Minchin's When I Grow Up at Waterstones Piccadilly last Oct. Well, I'm so pleased to see that Waterstones are still displaying my artwork from the book, as you can see from these photos. This time they've added speech bubbles. I can't help but wonder where window designer, Annie, stores my giant illustrations! I absolutely love what she's done here. 

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When I Grow Up publishes in the USA

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The US edition of When I Grow Up, the new magical picture book inspired by Tim’s hit song from the acclaimed and multi-award-winning Matilda the Musical is out today! It imagines life from a child’s viewpoint, with all the humour and poignancy of the song.

The book is illustrated by Steve Antony, an internationally published, award-winning author and illustrator of many picture books, including the Mr Panda series.

Published by Scholastic Press US, it’s available from all good booksellers, including:

Amazon US
Barnes & Noble
Books-A-Million
IndieBound
Target

Or on Kindle.

You can take a peek inside and find details about the already published UK edition here and the Australian edition here. Each cover, for the three editions, is slightly different but infused with the same playful energy and imagination for which When I Grow Up is so beloved.

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