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.)

💗 Allayne Webster; Just devoured this beautiful junior fiction…And oh my heartstrings.

💗 Megan Daley; ‘What Snail Knows’ is verse novel greatness and is full of such heart and soul that I had to devour it in one sitting.

💗 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.’

💗 Mr7 from @cec_loves_to_read, when asked if he liked it; ‘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.💕

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.

Self-Doubt and Stunning Views

This morning, I’ve been feeling very relieved and thankful for the reviews that are starting to appear for ‘Bully on the Bus’.  I’ve also been thinking back on those moments of self-doubt as an author; when wondering if I was the only person who’d ‘get’ Leroy’s story, and if perhaps the heart and emotion invested, clouded my judgement.

I have often thought that the road to publication is paved with self-doubt and rejections. But after the last few days, I have an edit to that thought.

The road to publication is paved with self-doubt and rejections – but the reviews at the end make it all worthwhile!

Here is a snippet from are a couple. If you click each image, it takes you to the actual website where you can read each wonderful  review in its entirety.

Click on the image to go straight to SquiggleMum's site.

Click on the image for the full review – from SquiggleKid and SquiggleMum.

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Click on the image to read Janine’s full review – with questions and activities to enhance the book.

Click on the image for full publication details.

Click on the picture to read 10 year-old Joseph's full review at Alphabet Soup.

Click on the picture to read 10 year-old Joseph’s full review at Alphabet Soup.

Click on the pic to read the article & Dee's review.

Click on the pic to read about my creative journey & Dee’s review.

The reviews are stunning. I am so very thankful!

I will continue collating reviews as I find them at https://katswhiskers.wordpress.com/kats-books/reviews-of-kats-books. Feel free to pop across and check out more. The list will grow as more reviews appear.