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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Children's Chapter Book 'Trouble for Toby' Launch Party

Janet Reid's Launch Party celebrating the release of Trouble for Toby was a great success! Thanks to the friendly staff at The Artist Cafe and Gallery for all of your support on the day.

Thanks to Joanne Sandhu and Kirsten Button for 
bringing your cameras and capturing the day.

From the author...

“Launches are amazing events. Each one is different, but they all have one thing in common – families supporting family, friends supporting friends, and writers supporting writers. The Trouble for Toby launch was not different with a great mix of all these.

I was glad I chose the cafĂ© option – having the venue prepared and event catered meant it was one less thing for me to worry about and allowed me to enjoy the afternoon.

A long-time writing friend, Duncan Richardson, launched the book and spoke about the importance of books like Trouble for Toby, and characters who use their imagination. Then my friend, Margie Riley, to help me with the reading. That worked well and made me less nervous.

It was difficult to chat with friends for more than a minute or two - I guess that's the nature of launches - but the atmosphere was buzzing from the moment the first guests arrived. It was a great way to launch Toby  in to the world of children's books.”

Janet Reid


Unfortunately,  I wasn't well enough to attend the launch and help with the children's activities as planned. However, I would like to thank my good friend, writer/illustrator Justine Lawson for saving the day.


Here's what Justine had to say...

“I had fabulous fun at the Trouble for Toby book launch, helping with the kids making pirate faces and doing word puzzles and colouring. I loved seeing the variety of pirate faces they made from the same basic elements, and the particular relish with which the kids drew the pirates' rotten or missing teeth.

The girls and boys were excited about being at the launch of a new book, talking about their friends called "Toby" and wondering if the illustrator was inspired by their own school uniforms for the book characters.”

Justine Lawson

Well, we can't leave children wondering...

"I was inspired by the Australian state school uniforms in general, which haven't changed a great deal since I was at school. I attended two different primary schools, and the second, I wore blue checkers, much like the uniforms Jenna and Ivy are wearing on the front cover illustration. So I guess, subconsciously, I was inspired by my own school uniform."

If you missed out on the launch and the children's activities, my illustrated colouring / word search activity is available to download by clicking the image below. And there are more activities on my Fun Stuff page to keep the children amused over the school holidays. Hopefully, it will give the adult folk enough time to sneak in a quiet cuppa. And maybe some cake.

Trouble For Toby activity page
This artwork is for personal use only and is not permitted to be used for resale or commercial purposes



Trouble For Toby
Written by Janet Reid
Illustrated by Amanda Francey
Wombat Books 2018

Toby has one mission at school: To stay out of trouble!
Only then will his parents let him have a pet.
But that's just it, Toby has trouble staying out of trouble.

BUY NOW from Wombat Books

Sunday, June 17, 2018

That Christmas Feeling Picture Book CBCA Notable 2018

I was thrilled to bits when I realised That Christmas Feeling, written by Lili Wilkinson and illustrated by me, was listed among the CBCA's Book of the Year: Early Childhood notables this year. It's such an honour to be grouped with so many amazingly talented authors and illustrators.

To see the full list, here are the CBCA notables for 2018.

 

That Christmas Feeling
Written by Lili Wilkinson
Illustrated by Amanda Francey
Allen & Unwin 2017

A gorgeous, heart-warming story about misplacing
the Christmas spirit, and finding it again.

BUY NOW from Allen & Unwin
....

To add to this excitement, Lili's and my book was mentioned in the Quest North-West News (Wednesday March 28 2018),
for That Christmas Feeling making the 2018 notables.

And it was such an honour to be mentioned alongside Michael Bauer's and Chrissie Krebs' for making the CBCA shortlist with Rodney Loses It

A huge congratulations to both of you!
You can purchase Rodney Loses It from booktopia

Click cover image (left) to visit North-West News
Then click calendar icon top left corner.
Then look for this cover:
(Wed March 28 2018 - Page 8)


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

New Children's Chapter Book - Trouble For Toby


Trouble For Toby, written by Janet Reid and illustrated by me. This is the first chapter book I've illustrated and I'm so pleased with how it turned out. Janet's story is brilliant and funny.

The book was released on the first of this month and published with Wombat Books.


We even made the front page of the North-West News!

Well, a tiny picture of Janet and I made the front cover. The rest of the story is on page 13.

Trouble For Toby is now available to purchase from booktopia

Click cover image (left) to visit North-West News
Then click calendar icon top left corner.
Then look for this cover:
(Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - Page 13)

If you're in Brisbane this Saturday, please join Janet Reid in celebrating the release at Trouble For Toby's launch party! Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend as I've been unwell for some time and need to rest. However, Janet has a fun launch party planned, with cake and a children's activity that I've illustrated.


If you're unable to make it to the launch this Saturday, Trouble For Toby is available to purchase below. I've uploaded a children's activity with all the other Fun Stuff on my blog for kids. You can view some of my illustrations from this book, from my portfolio.


Trouble For Toby
Written by Janet Reid
Illustrated by Amanda Francey

Toby has one mission at school: To stay out of trouble!
Only then will his parents let him have a pet.
But that's just it, Toby has trouble staying out of trouble.

BUY NOW from Wombat Books