christmas is coming... Merry Everything!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

No, I'm not talking about Christmas in July. What about Christmas in October? Why not? One of my favourite times of the year, I'm more than happy to bring out the baubles early, most especially when it heralds the arrival of a brand new picture book with the illustrious Jess Racklyeft. Creating a Christmas book has been on the bucket list for quite some time, and how satisfying to give that one an exuberant, tinsel-laden tick!

The idea for Merry Everything! popped into our lives just six short months ago, and is already on its way to print, for an October release with Windy Hollow Books. It was the most beautiful book to work on; Jess and I had so much fun, and wait till you see the illustrations! Gasp!

It’s Christmas Eve and the world is buzzing with busy. There's 
baubles to hang, shimmer to drape and scrumptious treats to prepare. 
From deer baking gingerbread to elephants gobbling candy canes and 
ducks snapping crackers, join these adorable creatures as they 
celebrate the togetherness that is Christmas.

This picture book, by an award-winning duo, features penguins 
in Antarctica, lions in Africa, pandas in the bamboo forests 
of China, whales in the deep blue sea and many more faunal 
friends--wrapping gifts, singing carols, decorating burrows, 
and watching the sky for that man in red.

Beginning on New Year's Eve and ending on Christmas 
night, this poignant story with lyrical text and whimsical 
illustrations, is one to treasure. It reminds us that no matter 
where we are in the world, this special time of year brings 
friends and family together as one.

I'll be heading down to Melbourne to celebrate the launch with Jess at The Little Bookroom in Carlton, so save the date - 10.30am, Saturday 30 September (yes, I know it's Grand Final day, no biggie). There'll be a book reading, signing, activities, and lots of Christmassy treats for the kids! Hope to see you.

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