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/
Out now in the UK!
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.
Here are just a few press cuttings. I've been meaning to upload these for a while. I never want to become complacent or take any of this for granted which is why I keep all the articles I can get my hands on. My mum keeps them, too, and my dad has an actual scrap book.
I've sort of fallen behind with my 'event' blog posts. What can I say? I've been busy. Below are just a few photos from recent events.
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:
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.
Below this photo is my frantic I-can't-do-this Twitter thread.
Here goes nothing! Wish me luck! pic.twitter.com/8neTVOTZC4— Steve Antony (@MrSteveAntony) October 6, 2017
It's getting there! pic.twitter.com/JTJT4SoMw1— Steve Antony (@MrSteveAntony) October 6, 2017
It's here! The book is out. I've uploaded a bunch of pics of the launch day to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.