COVER REVEAL! Mrs Koala's Beauty Parlour

Thursday, 13 January 2022


It's with much joy, and a fresh manicure and blow-dry (maybe an eyelash tint), that I reveal the cover to Mrs Koala's Beauty Parlour, delightfully penned by Catherine Jinks and illustrated by these freshly-manicured paws. 

Published by Working Title Press (imprint of HarperCollins Australia), Mrs Koala opens her doors on 2 February 2022 - make your booking for a pre-order right here, or buy instore or online in the coming weeks. 

Stay tuned for a book giveaway on my Instagram page and I'll also be revealing some illustrations from the book, including behind-the-scenes illustration process in the coming weeks.

Cath and I hope you love Mrs Koala's busy day and all the animals who come along for a trim, a shearing, a facial and even a perm! I wonder if you can guess which animals end up permed ...

Beautiful cover by Shirley of HarperCollins Design Studio.

BLURB

Preschoolers will love counting how many clients Mrs Koala has in her very busy beauty parlour.

Mrs Koala runs the most popular beauty parlour in town, but she's so busy with her clients, she doesn't even know how many she has!

From talented duo Catherine Jinks and Tania McCartney comes a delightful book that takes us on a fun-filled journey as we count down to the end of a crazy day in Mrs Koala's beauty parlour. 




 

 

Happy Christmas 2021

Monday, 20 December 2021

A long and arduous year comes to an end and simplicity and a return-to-real-life has never been more important (and in poll position on my wish list).

Plume: World Explorer - Readings' Book of the Month

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Life moment - thank you, Readings! 
Order the book on their site right here.


 

Plume Teachers' Notes!

Wednesday, 3 November 2021


Mega thanks to the amazing Tye Cattanach for this incredible teachers' notes for Plume: World Explorer. Seriously, they are some of the best I've ever read. Children will be totally inspired by these fab ideas.

Teachers, librarians, homeschoolers, parents and carers - check them out by clicking the image above, then clicking on READ MORE.


PLUME Prize Pack Giveaway!

Wednesday, 20 October 2021


It's just one week till Plume: World Explorer hits the shelves (did you know you can pre-order, too?) and to celebrate, I have a supersonic prize pack to give away to one lucky kid!

 Here is what you could win:

  • A signed copy of the book
  • A giclée print of Plume diving
  • 2 x Plume greeting cards
  • A Plume mug 
  • A penguin mylar balloon
  • A pair of penguin socks
  • A world map cushion cover
  • A world globe key ring
  • A mega pack of penguin stickers as well as one rare Plume sticker
  • Some Plume postcards

All this is valued at almost $200!

To enter, all you have to do is head to my Instagram page and follow the instructions there. I'll draw a winner this Saturday 23 October at 5pm, and will message the winner via Instagram message.

Please note that this parcel can only be sent to an Australian address. And if you miss out, you can also enter to win a copy of the book via Kids' Book Review, which starts 23 October.

Did you know you can also order a signed copy of Plume via The Book Cow? Just head here for more info - orders close Friday 5 November.

Get set to travel the world with Plume.

GOOD LUCK!




 

Plume World Explorer - VIRTUAL SIGNING!

Saturday, 16 October 2021

 

Just 10 days till Plume: World Explorer hits the shelves! 

Thanks to a certain pandemic that shall remain nameless, there'll be no bookstore event to launch Plume, but the wonderful people at The Book Cow in Kingston are hosting a virtual signing! 

All you need do is order a book via this link and leave a note on who you'd like the book signed to - all by Friday 5 November. 

I'll then pop into the store, sign the books, and the Book Cow team will either prep your book/s for collection, or post them anywhere in Australia.

Click the poster above to be transported to the page. Plume can't wait to meet you!



Blogger in Residence for WestWords

Sunday, 10 October 2021


Hey, kids!

I'm so happy to be the blogger-in-residence for the Clubhouse at WestWords this month. Have you heard of the site? It's totally fabulous, it really is.

Based in Parramatta, WestWords is dedicated to celebrating and championing the stories of the people, places and cultures that comprise the heart of Western Sydney. WestWords believe in the power of literature and literacy (written, oral and visual), self-expression and creativity - and its ability to change lives and the experience of communities. With a focus on children and young people its work includes a comprehensive program of workshops, residencies, fellowships and support for writers.

I've already uploaded three posts already, and I'll be adding over a dozen more these coming weeks, with the final post scheduled for 4 November. Kids - there'll be tips, tricks, behind-the-scenes stuff, a studio tour, how to illustrate with Procreate, fleshing out your characters, using synonyms - ALL SORTS of fab stuff to get your creative juices flowing.

You can check out the Clubhouse right here. There's an amazing line-up of past authors and illustrators your kids can enjoy, too. And for parents and carers - if you're homeschooling, this fabulous site may be a dream spot for you.

See you there!

 

Plume doll unboxing!

Friday, 17 September 2021

I have the most talented friends, and illustrator Suzy Houghton blew my socks off recently when she revealed how adept she is at crochet - and all without a pattern in sight!! I am overjoyed to introduce the Plume doll she made recently - isn't he just the most scrumptious thing??

During a school zoom visit recently, a girl asked me what I would say to one of my characters if I met them in real life. It's one of the most beautiful things I've ever been asked and I had tears in my eyes when I replied. I just said 'it's so wonderful to meet you'.

And how wonderful it was to meet Plume today. Thank you, Suzy, my immensely talented friend. I adore him.

I'm preparing Plume for a photoshoot - I need to embroider his outfits first, but will post the photos when I'm done. He's just the most scrumptious little character and I hope he captures your heart.

Plume: World Explorer is the first in my new travel series for children. Published by Hardie Grant Explore, book one is out 27 October in Aus/NZ, and November in North America and the UK. Click the book cover for more info, and to pre-order.


 

My Etsy Shop is back!

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

  

After a long hiatus, my Etsy shop is up and running again. Items are now at a lower price and it's free shipping anywhere in Australia. You can contact me if you want something posted overseas.

I have some brand new Mamie giclée prints for sale - on the most beautiful cotton rag watercolour paper. The colours are superb, saturated and super bright. I will be offering some Mamie greeting cards in the coming weeks.

AND I have stunning giclée prints from my upcoming book, Plume: World Explorer, ahead of its release in October (November in North America). I have Plume cards for sale in my shop, too.


PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE A LITTLE DELAY ON THESE GICLÉE PRINTS AS I'M STILL WAITING FOR THEM TO ARRIVE FROM THE PRINTER.
 
On top of A4 prints, I'm offering the option to purchase A3 for the first time. Again, postage is free, but this will be print-on-demand, and will take up to 2 weeks from purchase to posting.

I do have some très vintage Riley the Little Aviator books for sale - mostly Curious Koala (Sydney), Dancing Lion (Hong Kong) and Grumpy Wombat (Melbourne), with a small handful of Sleeping Dragon (Beijing). Jumpy Kangaroo (Canberra) sold out long ago but you can buy one on Booktopia

I may add a small stash of books for sale here and there. I don't have a lot of stock, but you may see one pop up occasionally. Yes, I can absolutely sign them for you, just let me know at purchase.

Lastly, I'm offering some original artworks in my shop now, and I'll add more as time goes on. I'm currently offering older art but I do have line drawings from my Evie and Pog junior fiction series. These are extremely rare, as I reverted to fully digital, part way through book 1 - Evie and Pog: Take Off! So, snaffle one while you can!



COVER REVEAL! Plume: World Explorer

Friday, 9 July 2021


I am absolutely delighted to share the cover for book one in my new picture book series with Hardie Grant Travel - PLUME: World Explorer!

This dear little penguin is close to my heart - he shares my love of travel, of culture and diversity. He lives in Antarctica, along with his penguin friends, but he's a little bit different to all the other penguins. For one thing, he can dance. And cook and knit and play the trumpet. He also rocks a jaunty ensemble! Read more about him in the official blurb, below.

World Explorer will be released in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and North America in October. You can pre-order the book right here: PRE-ORDER

OFFICIAL BLURB

Hitch a ride on the Albatross Express and travel the globe with Plume: World Explorer. This exciting new picture book series for little ones celebrates culture, diversity and the natural wonders of our world.

Plume is not your typical Antarctic penguin. Sporting a bright yellow plume on the top of his head, Plume is bored of black and white, of shuffling around and snoozing on icebergs. He much prefers to cook, read, knit and sky dive. He craves colour, adventure, excitement! He wants to seize the world he’s discovered in the books of his fantastical, glacier library (the largest in the Southern Hemisphere). 

Plume's great hope is to grow the hearts and minds of his penguin friends. Through his travels, children will engage with themes such as friendship, acceptance, understanding and the wellbeing of our planet. Plume is truly a book series for our times.

See the BOOK TRAILER right here:


Wonderful Shoes activity sheets

Thursday, 10 June 2021

If you're after some wonderful activity ideas (teachers!) and colouring sheets for little ones during the school term or for the winter holidays, Emma and I have created some for Wonderful Shoes. Just click the poster, above, to download.


MAMIE Story Walk at the National Aborteum

Monday, 10 May 2021


On Saturday, I visited the National Arboretum (Canberra) to enjoy the Libraries ACT Story Walk - starring Mamie! What a joy to see the book come to life through the exquisite grounds of the Arboretum, and during Canberra Tree Week, too.
 
A handful of poppets joined me for a walk along the story route, stopping at each station to read a pocket of Mamie, and of course - took in nature at its absolute finest. The morning fog added a sense of magic as we walked through the Discovery Garden and into the forest. It began to clear as we returned to the Visitor’s Centre, revealing a superb view over the hills. 
 
This Story Walk was installed quickly and we didn’t have much time to promote this little author signing, but it may be insitu this coming week (from 10 May 2021). If you miss it, it may be moving elsewhere, and I will add that to my EVENTS page.
 
Thank you to our little group for sharing in the walk, and huge thanks to my dear friend and endless support, Stephanie Owen Reeder, for taking these photos. Huge thanks to Louise and Michelle and the team from Libraries ACT for this gorgeous opportunity and for coming along with the kids today. And thank you to Deb and Mel and the team from the Arboretum for hosting this event. 
 
It’s been quite a few years since I visited the Arboretum—it has grown and developed so much, I’m stunned and delighted at its beauty. I really need to return sometime this week to enjoy the walk all over again. You simply must go visit.
 

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