I just wanted to wish a very, very Happy Book Birthday to two wonderful new books and a hearty congratulations to their authors!
First of all, Happy Book Birthday to Wendy Quill is a Crocodile's Bottom; written by Wendy Meddour (A Hen in the Wardrobe... now nominated for the Branford Boase Award 2013, and The Black Cat Detectives) with illustrations by Mina May, Wendy's 12 year-old daughter who proves herself to be just as professional and talented as the grown-ups! I should also mention that Wendy Quill is a Crocodile's Bottom has been selected by Dubray Books for their Children's Book of the Month for May!
And for a big Happy Book Birthday number two, one of my other very favourite authors, Paula Leyden has released her new book, The Sleeping Baobab Tree, today. In this book, we return to Zambia and meet up again with twins Bul-Boo and Madillo and next-door neighbor Fred as they travel to Ng'ombe Ilede - the place of death. Filled with mystery, magic and heart, this is a truly outstanding children's novel. (More on this coming soon!) Paula is also the author of the wonderful, The Butterfly Heart, winner of the Eilsh Dillon Award 2012.
A very Happy Book Birthday to you all!