Tickled Pink! (Pantone 212)

My goodness. The last few weeks have been rather a fizz of festivity. So many lovely things happening. Advance readers’ copies of ‘What Snail Knows’ have snuck out in the snail mail… And people are starting to say beautiful things. The first two reviewers ‘devoured’ it. (Which sort-of surprised me, since it is a gentle story. Surprised, but delighted me.)

πŸ’— Allayne Webster; Just devoured this beautiful junior fiction…And oh my heartstrings.

πŸ’— Megan Daley; β€˜What Snail Knows’ is verse novel greatness and is full of such heart and soul that I had to devour it in one sitting.

πŸ’— It scored a 5⭐️ review from Momo; ‘there is a raw emotional edge to this book. Your heart will break for Lucy but it will soar when you read about the kindness she encounters … This book is a perfect package.’

πŸ’— Mr7 from @cec_loves_to_read, when asked if he liked it; β€˜Yes, it was really good, I liked it, quite a lot actually, it was very good.’ His mum had some lovely things to say, too, including; ‘Highly, highly recommended.’

Is it possible for a heart to burst with too much happiness? Because there was more! This week we shared the cover for my upcoming picture book, Miss Understood.

This will be my first book published with Scholastic – who was the first publisher I submitted to… 20 years ago!

Reading the manuscript with Beau Wylie’s pencil illustrations had me laughing out loud the first time I saw them. I love his use of perspective. It’s a little outrageous and just perfect!

And then they added text to the pages… Oh my.

Tweaking and perfecting this book with the lovely Beck Young and Hannah Janzen (book designer) was such fun. The book is going to look a treat! (I have endpaper love.😻)

I am all the anticipation!

And look how pretty they look, side-by-side.πŸ’•

Laura Purdie Salas is hosting the Poetry Fridays Round-up at Small Reads for Brighter Days. Laura too is sharing new book joy. (Yay!) Pop across and read for yourself.


  1. HOOOOOOORAY! What wonderful news. I’m just delighted for not one but TWO new Kat Apel books. And, Scholastic is a big deal. No, I don’t think you can get any more good news. You need a break πŸ™‚ Enjoy and keep pushing those words around the page. Hugs and Hugs!


    • I sure am hoping that at least one of these books makes their way into the US market, Linda. (Two would be even better!) I have a sneaking suspicion that Miss Understood would feel right at home on American bookshelves – so I’m praying.


  2. Yay, Kat! Congratulations on your two new books! I’m excited and happy for you; enjoy all your happiness! Yay, for your excellent reviews; that is wonderful new. I love the soft pastels of the cover for What a Snail Knows. I love the girl’s messy hair and that she’s swinging on a wooden swing. So many children love to swing. Sadly, I can’t ride fast or high on a swing anymore because it makes me feel dizzy, almost seasick. I was the kind of kid that swung really high and jumped off. I adore the cute looking Miss Understood and her scary shadow! Your word “porker” in the poem is so funny. Did you make up that word, or is it a slang word in Australia? Great themes! Thank you sharing all your happy news; have fun. πŸ™‚

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    • Thankyou, Gail. I saw (and briefly swung on) a wooden swing last weekend at the vineyard where I was presenting a poetry workshop. But I’ve been inclined to dizzy since childhood – so I didn’t swing long. πŸ™‚ To answer your Q; porker comes from porkie-pie; a little lie. But a porker is also a classification of pig. πŸ–


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