Happy Book Birthday, Plume: Global Nibbler!

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

And we have lift-off!

Plume: Global Nibbler publishes today with Hardie Grant Explore - taking off to a bookstore near you, and if the store is too far away, it's also online!

Join Plume as he boards the Albatross Express and takes off in search of some of the finest cuisine from around the world. There's sushi and kebabs and pad thai, and of course, pizza! Can Plume tempt the tastebuds of his Fussy Eater penguin friends with this gastronomic tour de force?

A wonderful way to introduce children to the wonders of our world, this second book in the Plume series highlights new sights and sounds, but also flavours - and is an entrancing way to help little ones explore life-enriching diversity.

Ava is prepped for take-off - I wonder which dish will be her favourite?

If you live in Canberra, I'll be at Harry Hartog Bookstore in Woden Plaza on Saturday 28 May, installing a fab Plume window. Do pop by and have a look! There'll also be signed books for sale.

See more about the book right here. For those in the UK, publication date is 26 May, and in North America, publication date is 7 June.






Plume Article on Paperbark Words

Sunday, 10 April 2022


So much fun to visit the amazing Paperbark Words blog with this piece on Plume and my inspiration and joy behind the Plume series. I also talk about children's picture books and why they - and travel - are so vital; how they form adult readers.

Thanks to the lovely Joy for having me.

COVER REVEAL! Plume: Global Nibbler

Thursday, 31 March 2022

I’m delighted to reveal the cover for the second book in the Plume series of travel picture books for kids—Plume: Global Nibbler!
Yes, yes, this book is all about the delectable food to be found all over the world - from Sweden to Ethopia, I wonder if you can guess which other countries Plume visits on his quest to tempt the tastebuds of his penguin friends? Comment on my Instagram page with the country of your favourite cuisine.
Scroll down to see a peek, and stay tuned for some upcoming Plume fun, including a window at Harry Hartog Bookstore, Woden!

Plume: Global Nibbler
Hardie Grant Explore
Hardcover 9781741177671, $24.99
Out 18 May in Australia, 26 May in the UK, 7 June in the US and Canada.

#plumethepenguin on social media.

‘…Join the most adorable penguin world explorer on a gastronomic jaunt around the planet in Plume: Global Nibbler, the second book in Tania McCartney’s series for little ones, celebrating the cultures and diversity of the world around us! 

Plume loves to cook – and to eat. He loves a bit of spice and he’s on a mission to fire up the tastebuds of his fussy-eater penguin friends. With the help of his dear friend Ava (of the Albatross Express), he leaves Antarctica in search of the world’s most delicious local dishes and treats.

From Iranian kebabs and Swedish cinnamon pastries, to Ethiopian injera flatbread and the chewy crispiness of Italian pizza … can these delightful dishes tempt Plume’s friends away from krill in favour of a truly global smorgasbord?

This delightful picture book is perfect for introducing children (ages 4 and up) to new foods as Plume seeks out tasty dishes, tempting snacks and truly authentic local fare from countries around the world…’

Lismore Flood Recovery Auction - Plume World Explorer

Saturday, 12 March 2022

There seems to be so much suffering in the world right now, and finding ways to help can be tough, especially when those in trouble live so far away. The Lismore Flood Recovery Auction initiative is a great way to help families and business who've suffered such loss in the recent floods. Huge thanks to the amazing Zanni Louise for coordinating this mega feat.

To help raise funds, I'm offering a mega Plume pack and a picture book manuscript assessment and illustration portfolio assessment. See deets below, and head here to bid.

Book + Print Pack by Tania McCartney + Manuscript/Portfolio assessments

A mega Plume bundle and assessments for creatives! Pack includes:

Limited edition, framed, giclée print which recently exhibited at the Norman Lindsay Gallery, 45cm x 58cm
2 x signed copies of Plume: World Explorer
3 x A4 giclée prints
4 x greeting cards
A world globe balloon
A collection of penguin stickers
1 x picture book manuscript assessment
1 x illustration portfolio assessment

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. For kids aged 4 to 400.

Assessments for manuscript and portfolio will be done online, and transferring these parts of the prize to friends or family is easily done. All physical items will be sent in one large pack to one address. Postage to Australia only.

Head to the Lismore Flood Recovery page to see what other amazing items creatives have up for bid.


Counting Down with Mrs Koala

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

It's publication day for Mrs Koala's Beauty Parlour! 

Catherine and I are so delighted to see this gorgeous creature out in the wild now. You can make your very own booking to visit her parlour through the pages of this book - and see the menagerie of animals who visit for a perm, a trim, a facial, even a piercing - WHAAAA??

Huge thanks to my brilliant publisher Lisa Berryman and superb editor Eve Tonneli, for making this book such a pleasure to illustrate (and thanks to Shirley Tran for the cover design). I loved taking Cath's hilarious text and making it a visual feast - there's lot to see and you can even find Mrs Koala's keys on every spread.

As a counting book for little ones, I thought it might be fun to give you an illustration peek from 10 to 1. 

Kids - can you guess which animals might be appearing in each one? I'll give you some clues. This will also be posted on my Instagram, so maybe you can hop on over there and guess in the comments. Just head here!

Have fun - and don't forget to book in to Mrs Koala's Beauty Parlour sometime soon!

Mrs Koala Illustration Animation

Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Mrs Koala’s Beauty Parlour is hitting the shelves tomorrow! Before she arrives, here is a peek at the creation of her scene outside the beauty parlour.

See Mrs Koala come to life outside her beauty parlour in this animation made from my Procreate illustrations. Learn more about this adorable counting book right here.

Join me tomorrow for a countdown special to celebrate this gorgeous counting book! I wonder if you’ll be able to tell which animals are featured for each number, 1 to 10. 

Written by Catherine Jinks 

Illlustrated by Tania McCartney using Procreate

Cover design by Shirley Tran from HarperCollins Design Studio 

Published by Working Title Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books

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.


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.



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!

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